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Understanding Brexit: How the “backstop” became the “frontstop”

And what a structural change to the Withdrawal Agreement means for Northern Ireland


By Allie Renison  

Photo: Mariusz Smiejek/DPA/PA Images

At last we have an answer to the question of how this government was planning to remove the backstop from the withdrawal agreement. The Northern Ireland circle has been squared—in part—by frontloading a fudge of “solutions” into a deal that is only supposed to be about the exit process. The most contentious part of Theresa May’s deal, meant as an insurance policy, has become contentious again for a different reason—the backstop is now the “frontstop,” and with it we have a piece of the…

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