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.
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.
Green background identifies UK/EU agreement.
Yellow background: work required.
Red font: what is still not addressed in WP.
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.
+ a simple summary of the ways the #WhitePaper seeks to make them unnecessary.
For specifics on such controls see bit.ly/2sgOBQD
[We resisted temptation to turn this table into a 'cakeometer'🍰🎂]
It was meant to be an all-UK solution for Irish #border issue.
Comparison with White Paper is enlightening.
We know what the EU said in response to it bit.ly/2NUwcmH
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?
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.