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After blunt statement yesterday on hard border being outcome of a no deal #Brexit Commission spks @MargSchinas today underlines "EU is fully behind Ireland" and "EU is determined to do all it can, deal or no deal, to avoid the need for a border and to protect peace in NI" but 1
In its no deal planning document from December the Commission stated that checks on livestock and agri products would take place after a no deal #Brexit EU juggling protecting Good Friday Agreement with protecting its single market 2
One option on table is having checks in France/Netherlands so as to avoid having them on island of Ireland but this would have clear impact on Irish trade. This is a very delicate intra-EU debate. EU keen to show solidarity with member state Ireland 3
Michel Barnier has underlined once again in an interview with a handful of European papers that the EU will not accept a time-limit to the backstop. He repeated that this backstop is the best solution. But 4
Question being asked is: "If there is a no deal #Brexit because there is no flexibility on the backstop then there will be no backstop at all and what's the good of that?" However, something for champions of no deal to keep in mind is that 5
If there is a no deal #Brexit the EU will probably insist on agreeing the backstop with the UK as a pre-condition to beginning post-Brexit trade talks 6
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