Raab Insists Backstop Must be “Time-Limited”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has given a clear reiteration of his position that any Irish backstop must be “finite”, “short” and “time-limited”. This will be very hard to climb down from…

“What we cannot do is see the United Kingdom locked in via the back door to a customs union arrangement which would leave us in indefinite limbo. That would not be leaving the EU.”

This is being seen as a stronger commitment than Downing Street’s line this morning that the backstop would have to be “temporary” and that “the Prime Minister would never agree to a deal which would trap the UK in a backstop permanently”.

Brexitologists are now obsessing over questions like “can something be indefinite but not permanent” and “can something be temporary without a time-limit”. The common-sense answer is that it can’t. Is Downing Street about to embark on a fresh round of linguistic gymnastics to try to convince Brexiteers that it can?

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Soros on the pan-European elections to the EU parliament…

“It is difficult to see how the pro-European parties can emerge victorious from the election in May unless they put Europe’s interests ahead of their own. One can still make a case for preserving the EU in order radically to reinvent it. But that would require a change of heart in the EU. The current leadership is reminiscent of the politburo when the Soviet Union collapsed – continuing to issue ukazes as if they were still relevant.”


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