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Katy Hayward @hayward_katy
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Getting the feeling that there's too much #brexit #backstop bravado and too little sense?

Howsabout a 4 slide summary from @DPhinnemore & me setting out what we can be pretty sure of and what the UK/EU (dis)agree on - as viewed from Northern Ireland.

1st: a lack of progress on the Protocol on NI/IRL in the draft Withdrawal Agmt.
All these colours have to turn green (i.e. agreed in principle & text) before we get that Deal for exit day next March.

Note that red circle - backstop is intended to be trumped at some point.
2nd: a summary of what is agreed on and what is still missing re: @BorderIrish and NI.
Note the extent of Northern Ireland-specific arrangements.

You've seen a version of this a couple of months ago. Not much progress here since you last saw it.

3rd: a summary of EU and UK positions re: the backstop
(with added pictures, because you deserve it)

This is laid out as simply as possible.
There is UK/EU common ground (and it is substantial) but the big concern is lack of text (& data?) specific to Protocol from UK side.
4th: Wouldn't it be nice to get a sense of the actual views of actual people in Northern Ireland on all this #BrexitBorder stuff?

Here's a very summary summary of some recent studies, minus hyperbole.
[And, it turns out, hyperlinks, so will post those below].

* @QUBelfast @UKandEU report on NI/Brexit…

* Ashcroft on Brexit, Border & Union…

* Polls & survey data on public opinion in NI inc. @ARK_info @LucidTalk @DeltapollUK

* @europe_icban Brexit at the Border…
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