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Alternative Arrangements Commission Conference - Rt Hon Stephen Barclay on the importance of trust and mutual consent for NI border solution. Something everyone can agree on before we get into the nitty gritty of the proposal #aaclondonlaunch
#aaclondonlaunch @ShankerASingham - the AAC group visited the NI region 3 times as part of their work
#aaclondonlaunch "technology exists". #blockchain mentioned less than 1h in. Look forward to hearing how to operationalise AAC recommendations later today
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Right. @SteveBarclay opens the #alternativearrangementscommission #aaclondonlaunch report on Irish Border and #brexit
@SteveBarclay So, @SteveBarclay says most parties now accept that technology will play a role in fixing the Irish border #Brexit conference.

Notes the £20m pledged by Govt on the search for Alternative Arrangements. /2
@SteveBarclay Notes the "steadfast" commitment of the UK Govt to the Good Friday Agreement.

And notes the importance of mutual consent on Good Friday Agreement.

!!!! Even though that is limited to NI constitutional position /3
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Today I'll attend a conference arranged by the 'Alternative Arrangements Commission' - even though I've been critical of the work of some of those involved in the past. They invited me though, and we need proper dialogue to solve our Brexit issues.
So the interim report has already been widely criticised, but I disagree. For this is not another no-deal and it can all be fixed by Thursday type report. For a start, not getting rid of the backstop, but ensuring it is never triggered... (you have to note the language carefully)
Then even more significantly, but even more hidden, essentially the report reinvents the single market to solve border checks. Obviously this is a largely Brexiteer report, so they focus on an unacceptable UK-Ireland single market, but that's what it is - in this case for SPS
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