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A Northern Ireland-only backstop is unlikely to break the Brexit impasse

The PM is rumoured to be considering this plan but the obstacles remain too great      

By Raphael Hogarth  

there are now excited whispers that Johnson’s negotiating team may be working on something backstop-like. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson insisted during the Conservative leadership campaign that the Brexit withdrawal agreement struck by his predecessor needed more than mere keyhole surgery. He wanted full amputation of the Irish “backstop,” the part of Theresa Mays’s deal that would keep the UK in a customs union with the EU and Northern Ireland in parts of the single market if the two sides could not agree a future trade deal to keep the Irish land…

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