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The backstop debate goes round and round but there is no waking from this Brexit nightmare

Leavers cannot solve the border conundrum but for many of them that has never been the aim

By Rafael Behr  

David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg at the launch of Plan A+ last September. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

In the final scene of the last episode of the ninth season of Dallas, Pamela Ewing woke from a troubled sleep to find her late husband, Bobby, taking a shower in the bathroom next door. Bobby’s death a year earlier had been a dream. An entire season’s worth of plot was vaporised. None of it had actually happened.

It is one of the more preposterous plot twists in TV history. It…

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