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On 6 Dec 2018 at 9:00am Fairmeadow wrote:
The main objections to the Backstop appear to be:
(1) It could last for ever and
(2) We would have to establish a customs border on the ferries between Stranraer or Liverpool and Belfast.
Under the Backstop we effectively remain in the EU (at least any business with a branch in Northern Ireland does) but we don't have to pay a vast annual subsidy to them, or accept freedom of movement or allow EU trawlers into our fishing grounds. What's not to like? I think a fair number of Brexit voters and a lot of Remainers would be happy with that.
We do have to have a custome border within the UK, but as we would decide how to do that, and we could easily decide on the same staffing levels and wave-through policies as common at Newhaven-Dieppe. The French have never taken any notice of EU rules that don't suit them, so why should Backstop Britain? You might have to show your passport to get on a ferry or flight, but hardly a big deal given the benefits.
Could be great news for the Northern Ireland economy.
It would put pressure on the EU to agree a free trade deal before we could demand the Backstop was introduced.

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