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Shelving the Backstop will not be enough – we must also avoid the fatal trap of the Political Declaration

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The overlooked document would tie us to EU laws, and being overseen by the ECJ, in perpetuity

The European Union has trade agreements with countries as distant as Canada and Korea, as small as Panama and Peru, and as poor as Ecuador and El Salvador. Yet for the United Kingdom – on the EU’s doorstep, the world’s fifth-largest economy, and the continent’s most capable military power – Brussels refuses to negotiate a trade deal unless it can control our laws.

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This is the reality of the humiliating Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May. The backstop – or the “anti-democratic backstop”, as Boris Johnson calls it – is effectively a customs union. It can be applied to the whole of the UK,…

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You thought the backstop was bad, but the rest of the Brexit deal is worse

The European Union has trade agreements with countries as distant as Canada and Korea, as small as Panama and Peru, and as poor as Ecuador and El Salvador. Yet for the United Kingdom – on the EU’s doorstep, the world’s fifth-largest economy, and the continent’s most capable military power – Brussels refuses to negotiate a trade deal unless it can control our laws.

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