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Katy Hayward @hayward_katy
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104 pages of the #Brexit #WhitePaper reduced to 10 slides.
Especially for those concerned for @BorderIrish, @BelfastAgmt,
& with more sense than time.

@DPhinnemore & I have scrutinised the WP in light of #JointReport commitments to NI/IRL & the UK's alternative #backstop.
A bit of context-setting (plus explanation of our imaginative colour coding).

The White Paper is in part an effort by UK govt to prove a NI-specific #backstop to be unnecessary. But remember Protocol for NI/IRL in the Withdrawal Agmt is abt much more than a customs border.

A reminder of where we are up to on that Protocol on NI/IRL in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

With added stars 🌟 to identify which bits the White Paper attempts to address (or negate) most directly.

The 1st of 3 slides comparing the commitments made in the Joint UK-EU Report ( to what we have here in the White Paper.

Green background identifies UK/EU agreement.
Yellow background: work required.
Red font: what is still not addressed in WP.

Following on from the above, this slide shows quite how much is at least namechecked in the #WhitePaper when it comes to North/South cooperation.

In & of itself, that list marks v.welcome progress. But there's still a way to go, as we can see by text frm the Joint Report.

Last of the three slides comparing the Joint Report commitments and the White Paper.

Inc. new fave phrase of UK Govt: 'constitutional & economic integrity of the UK'.

Note WP's specific mention of Border Inspection Posts as physical infrastructure.

A simple overview of border checks & controls
+ a simple summary of the ways the #WhitePaper seeks to make them unnecessary.

For specifics on such controls see

[We resisted temptation to turn this table into a 'cakeometer'🍰🎂]

Now we turn to the UK's alternative #backstop, i.e. the Technical Note on temporary #customs arrangement that was published in early June.
It was meant to be an all-UK solution for Irish #border issue.

Comparison with White Paper is enlightening.

Another slide comparing Technical Note with White Paper.

We know what the EU said in response to it

FWIW, it was an ambitious attempt by UK to engage on an all-UK basis with need to avoid customs checks on @BorderIrish.

Where does the WP leave it?

Finally, a sketchy summary of key points of progress, & key areas needing more work.

Next (aside from #CustomsBill furore) keep an eye on what UK puts forward for text on #Protocol.
This is still crucial cos no Protocol = no Withdrawal Agmt = no transition = hard exit.

PS An easier to read version is available here, with many thanks to @QPolAtQueens…
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