This will give NI a "strong role" in the process BUT (critically) it can't actually bind Westminster MPs. So it's advisory, but wd put on pressure. /3
BUT it points to the fact that the backstop must corrode over time. It wont self-sustain permanently. /6
As explained to me, it protects against Irish attempt to use the backstop to capture the N-S process and bully the UK into accepting alignment to maintain the all-Ireland economy. /9
No. The DUP has already signalled it is not buying. But perhaps it makes their case harder to make? Persuades those willing to be persuaded?
But it's a long shot. The DUP is dug in deep. Protest is hard-wired into its DNA. 11/ENDS