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“As you know, we are not in a position to agree to anything that changes or is inconsistent with the Withdrawal Agreement...”
Repeats December Council conclusions reassured that those conclusions have “legal value”
Commission Repeats that Agreement is of unprecedented depth and breadth and that it will start prep on future as soon as Commons agreed Withdrawal deal
Backstop “only intended to apply temporarily” is the quote in the reassurance letter... and “as short as possible.

But no expiry date, obviously. instead they’ll meet every six months to “take stock”...

Doesn’t have the appearance of a game changer.
Ie - can’t see how this letter changes the published Attorney General legal advice.
- appendix at end of PMs letter asking for specific backstop reassurances - and the reply from EU:
The phrase “best endeavours” is nothing new too - it’s been in the Withdrawal Agreement for two months - Article 184
so what happens if eg this Government accuses EU of foot dragging in the backstop - who judges whether “best endeavours” is being complied with? Well during the transition period, according to the UK Gov legal document - it will be the European Court of Justice
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