It cannot be a serious legal text if it assumes that parties can simply “agree not to place physical infrastructure or introduce related checks and controls on the Irish border in any circumstances” (as per para 2).
What this proposes in terms of 'Irish border measures' doesn't cut it (more anon.).
Oh, hang on!
This is exactly the same as Art.1.4 of the existing #Protocol , i.e. that "not establishing a permanent relationship" and being "intended to be temporary" thing.
The functions of the Specialised Committee on NI/IRL & Joint Consultative Working Group are copied & pasted.
+ repetition of language in JR & WA re: “unique circumstances on the island of Ireland”. Notes need for a “unique solution”
“Noting that nothing in this Protocol prevents the UK from ensuring unfettered market access for goods moving from NI to the rest of the UK's internal market,”
But no reference of mvnt goods from GB to NI?
No mention of Irish citizens, North-South cooperation (other than what has accidentally been copied & pasted), or VAT, to name but a few.
& it's not exactly weighty 7 pages compared to 28 (even allowing for double spacing).
Whereas existing Protocol gives time limit to extension of transition period (max Dec'22), there's no such time limit in 'Better Deal'.
+ it wants both parties to agree to an extension (para 8) but this is a decision for UK gov in WA.
+ says “either Party” may terminate it after that point.
Why 10yrs? Neat enough to sound sure; far enough to assume folk won't care by then?
E.g. Art 63 "inspections on veterinary & SPS regulations shall be done at the premises ... or at official border inspection facilities, located in the vicinity of the point of entry into the territory of the other Party."
*Risk analysis = info = burden.