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Johnson's Brexit plan: Key questions about the backstop replacement blueprint | Belfast Telegraph |

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is setting out his Brexit plan, which he describes as a "fair and reasonable compromise" that all sides can agree on. But reaching an agreement will be far from straightforward - and may yet prove impossible.

- What are the issues which need to be resolved?

The problem remains the Northern Ireland backstop - the safety net intended to guarantee there is no return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mr Johnson has insisted the measure has to be scrapped as being in a customs union would prevent the UK striking trade deals and his blueprint sets out in a legal text how he intends to achieve this.

- What is Mr Johnson's alternative?

According to a briefing received by the Daily Telegraph, the UK would remain closely tied to the EU's rules during a transition period ending in 2021 and then enter a free-trade agreement with the bloc.

After that, in a plan that has been dubbed "two borders for four years" Northern Ireland would be kept in a special status until 2025, leaving the EU customs union alongside the rest of the UK, but remaining aligned on all single market rules for agriculture and industrial goods.

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by Oui on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:06:55 AM EST

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