When the new PM takes the stage in Manchester in September Europe will be watching /9
But the UK does not want to be trapped in this situation indefinitely, and the reassurances on this point Mrs May won at Strasbourg didn't cut it.
So what might move things for a new PM where May failed?
Well, it hard-arse realpolitik. The Taoiseach would be given the 'choice' but do not think that they would not come under pressure from other EU MS who understand the backstop as much from SM integrity standpoint as GFA. /16
The UK has never presented the EU with this choice. It avoids no deal and creates a deep space for gravity to work/17
The negative coalition of 'No dealers' and 'No Brexiters' makes chances of a PM getting a solid (50 or so) majority for such a plan extremely low.
But can impending crisis - and the fear elections - concentrates minds?/19
You can't do it with an 'exchange of letters', and when you re-open the text (to fix 'unless and until, goods on the market etc) you open a Pandora's Box potentially to new requests. /20
But no harm in pondering.. /22 ENDS