Both sides say backstop is
c) should be superseded by future relationship
So there does need to be what one EU source calls an "unwinding" mechanism. /2
May's dual tariff or 'MaxFac' unicorns are dead. /3
Technology (MaxFac) can only work if the bar is lowered. For now UK has agreed to "no additional infrastructure" on the border. With that stricture it's impossible /4
Why would Dublin, Sinn Fein, Brussels bureaucracy be motivated to create unicorns then, if not now?
But we digress..
What are the options... /7
Why would Ukraine-style governance for the backstop be a problem for the EU side?
sets out the issue to me: /11
But reckons it would be a "massive concession"... /12
But as we've seen with putting an all-UK customs union in the WA, the Commission Legal Service can be squeezed... /13
It won't be a magic bullet. The arbitration is there to enforce the treaty fairly, not consider appeals against it. /14
Oh imagine the sweet irony of that.