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I'm not sure UK conservatives would agree that that issue is decided at all at all. OK - due to some arm twisting by the Irish and in order to get the talks to move on to the substantive issue of trade, the UK government kind of, sort of, agreed there would be no hard border in Ireland, and if necessary it would maintain regulatory alignment with EU rules to avoid the need for one.

But no one really agreed to stay in the Single Market/Customs union as this would imply - it was just for the rubes - and anyway, that inter-governmental agreement isn't legally enforceable. A hard or no deal Brexit could still overturn this draft agreement, and I expect the Smoggers to rebel at some stage if we get to what they will see as BRINO - Brexit in name only. This one will run for a while yet...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 06:08:20 PM EST
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