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EU considers major climbdown to hand Boris Brexit deal victory in last minute panic

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Daily Express :: UK Feed 

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EU capitals are considering a unilateral exit clause from the controversial Northern Ireland backstop after a set number of years. Under the plans, the Northern Ireland Assembly would be handed a vote on whether to continue with or revoke the measure, as long as both communities in the province agree to it. This could essentially set a five-year time-limit to the backstop, which would be seen as a huge victory for the Prime Minister.

“A landing zone on consent could be a double majority within Stormont, to leave, not to continue with arrangements after X years,” a European source told the Times.

Mr Johnson’s proposals, which landed in Brussels last week, were shot down after the introduction of a consent mechanism, which the EU argued would essentially hand the DUP a veto.

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The Prime Minister proposed that Northern Ireland would align itself with the EU’s single market but leave the customs union with the rest of the UK.

But in order for the new backstop to be implemented, Stormont would first have to agree and then would hold votes ever four years to decide whether or not to continue under EU rules.

Brussels believes the concessions could trigger Mr Johnson to once again move closer to the EU’s original offer of a Northern Ireland-only backstop, which saw the province remain in the bloc’s single market and customs union.

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“With the consent mechanism there is no real political reason for the UK to have a separate customs border that is distinct from another regulatory border as Northern Ireland can decide,” the source added.

EU considers major climbdown to hand Boris Brexit deal victory in last minute panic

EU capitals are considering a unilateral exit clause from the controversial Northern Ireland backstop after a set number of years. Under the plans, the Northern Ireland Assembly would be handed a vote on whether to continue with or revoke the measure, as long as both communities in the province agree to it.

EU capitals are considering a unilateral exit clause from the controversial Northern Ireland backstop after a set number of years. Under the plans, the Northern Ireland Assembly would be handed a vote on whether to continue with or revoke the measure, as long as both communities in the province agree to it.

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