Shorter: not a game-change as expected, but SOME new stuff that might influence waverers. 1/Thread
As May will admit, this stuff doesn't clear the DUP/ERG hurdle for having unilateral exit clause on backstop etc.
But it does make clear EU doesn't love the backstop, wants a deal and fast.
The constraint, ultimately, is on the UK side /11
Recall that the 2017 scoping process that led to the Joint Report wasn't encouraging in this regard /13
There will be those who still think the long term most sustainable relationship is 'Canada' with checks in Irish Sea.
Lots of MS don't see truculent UK working in CU or NorwayPlus. /15
But for millionth time, for anything to work, the UK side NEEDS A PLAN