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Don't assume EU will now suddenly sacrifice Ireland and backstop because needs UK trade. EU will a) not want to be seen to abandon a member of the club in order to reach a deal with soon to be outsider UK (Remember the Spain-Gibraltar hold-up in Nov?) and 1
EU has repeated over and again it won't abandon the backstop. To extent that it - apart from other issues - will look weak if it suddenly changes position. Brussels will be mindful of reputation as tough customer in international world of trade deals. This isnt just about UK 2
EU hanging back till can work out if backstop is main sticking point in Westminster or if it's more about future EU-UK relationship. If backstop then expect some movement eventually but hardly likely to be unilateral out for UK or fixed time limit. Maybe a review at fixed time? 3
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