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The view from the Guardian
Finally, the Brexit crowd wanted the UK to have the unilateral right to exit the backstop whenever it liked. May did indeed get something unilateral - the right to issue her own unilateral declaration, in which she could freely state that "it is the position of the United Kingdom that there would be nothing to prevent the UK instigating measures that would ultimately dis-apply the backstop." This is rather like my son winning the right to declare that it is his position that he should get more pocket money. It doesn't mean I've agreed to give him more pocket money. The clue is in the word "unilateral." The EU is not bound by this UK declaration and has, in fact, conceded nothing.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 12th, 2019 at 08:07:53 AM EST
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Having some experience with negotiations with children, it strikes me more as this:

  • Ok, so now we have a deal?
  • Yes. But I also want a pony. A pony that is a unicorn!
  • I've told you there is no unicorns... No, don't pout. Ok, what about if we include that we will work towards getting a unicorn to the best of our abilities?
  • You say that all the time!
  • Fine, what if mom is the arbitrator and if she finds that I haven't been working towards getting you a unicorn, you can quit the deal?

Not as short and to the point, but I think it covers the contents of the Instrument.
by fjallstrom on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 12:15:43 PM EST
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