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I'm not sure we're disagreeing on anything here. Whatever future trading relationship is agreed, it will not be agreed until the transition agreement after completion of the Brexit Treaty.

There are a number of reasons why the EU (as well as many in the UK) reject the Chequers proposals, but that simply isn't the problem right now, which is to conclude a Brexit deal including a legally operable backstop guarantee that no future arrangements will be entered into which would require a hard customs border within Ireland.

Precisely how that will be achieved can be a matter for another day. May says that it is now up to the EU to produce a working alternative to her Chequers proposals. That can be done in due course, but won't be included in the Brexit Treaty in any case.

But if she wants a Brexit deal to create that opportunity, she must first agree the backstop. And if she doesn't like the EU draft, it is up to her to come up with a better one.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 23rd, 2018 at 10:47:28 PM EST
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