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(1) The UK red lines changed. At first Norway was widely debated as a possible preferred option. When the EU reiterated that the 4 freedoms were indivisible, Canada+++ (whatever that is) becomes the only logical option, but Chequers does not acknowledge this.

(2) If the EU were to allow some restrictions on the free movement of people, thus enabling the UK as a whole to remain in the Single Market, that would reduce the need for a border in the Irish sea - although it should be noted there is still a customs border between Norway and Sweden because Norway is not in the Customs Union.  

So (a) it wouldn't solve the problem, and (b) it might require changes to the Treaties governing the Single Market and thus a referendum in Ireland.

Chris Johns dooesn't argue this, he merely observes that the limited scope of the proposed Brexit Treaty postpones all the really difficult decisions until later, and doesn't guarantee there will ever be an agreement on future trade relations, whether some variant on Norway or Canada.

Many Brexiteers are clear they don't want either - they are happy with WTO rules. They don't seem to have noticed that Trump has rendered the WTO all but irrelevant and perhaps defunct.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 23rd, 2018 at 11:10:22 PM EST
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The problem is Tory gov will not sign an A50 settlement.

They can bloviate all they want in a "future partnership" but those terms will not be in the A50 settlement. They know that. Deep down you know that. The difference between us is I. don't. care. what Tory gov wants in the future.

I wouldn't turn my back on a one of them in broad daylight.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 24th, 2018 at 12:16:31 AM EST
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