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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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