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Back Strop: why May can’t solve the Irish issue unless she stands up to the Brexit hardliners

Like falling dominos, the remorseless logic of avoiding a border in the Irish Sea eventually pulls the whole of the UK into the customs union and single market

By Ian Dunt  

An articulated lorry crosses the Irish-UK border. Photo: PA

There is no way out of the backstop omnishambles Theresa May finds herself in. She is trapped on all sides by immovable objects and impossible choices. You might even feel sorry for her—if it wasn’t for the fact that she is directly responsible for it all.

The backstop originally reared its head in the December agreement with the EU. All it really does is restate the British government’s…

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