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One theory doing the rounds in Dublin is that Boris Johnson may pull a Northern Ireland only backstop out of bag at the last minute as a means of forcing a Brexit deal through parliament in between 17 October and 31 October.

The idea was mooted early on in Brexit talks but famously dropped after opposition from the DUP which accused Theresa May of trying to break up the union of the United Kingdom by creating regulatory checks down the Irish sea.

But Johnson's proposal for an all-island agriculture zone is one of the key elements of the backstop and now that the DUP no longer has the leverage it had because of the changed arithmetic, some believe this is where the landing zone is.



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 03:59:30 PM EST

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