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The revised Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement is available here.

It is a pretty comprehensive document and consists of a cover page, a two page prologue, and 18 articles covering 12 pages followed by 7 annexes covering 48 Pages of legal references.

All the core Irish, EU and UK "red lines" appear to have been respected with the exception of the DUP objection to a border down the Irish sea and the maintenance of a unionist veto on EU customs arrangements applying to N. Ireland.

It is, from an Irish perspective, a major triumph for European diplomacy but there will be a great reluctance to trumpet its achievements lest that inflame the Parliamentary situation in the UK further.

The House of Commons would appear to have two options: One, it can approve this deal and Brexit could happen on 31st. October, or it can vote down this deal and seek an A.50 extension. The European Council will only grant such a extension to facilitate a "democratic event", so then it is a question of which does the House of Commons want - a second referendum, or a general election? Given that turkeys do not generally vote for Christmas, it looks like a second referendum is now the most likely outcome. But will Johnson agree to organise it, or must we wait for PM Corbyn?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 01:41:49 PM EST
Seems like if this were passed and enacted, it would likely keep the legal industry going for years with a multitude of interpretations and decisions and appeals.
by asdf on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 01:45:44 AM EST
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The 17 Oct document dump is bigger than that.

Negotiating documents on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom

  • European Commission Recommendation
  • Letter from President Jean-Claude Juncker to President Donald Tusk
  • Revised Political Declaration
  • Working document - Consolidated version of the Withdrawal Agreement following revision of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and technical adaptations to Articles 184 and 185, as agreed at negotiators' level and endorsed by the European Council


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 02:15:55 AM EST
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Art. 126, Art. 127 are not modified.
There shall be a transition or implementation period, which shall start on the date of entry into force of this Agreement and end on 31 December 2020.

Art. 185, Entry into force, is not modified except for reference to Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol provisions in force on approval of WA or at end of the WA "transition period".

I can see no indication in the documents either limiting or renewing current A.50(3) period.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 03:03:52 AM EST
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