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The true cause of our backstop obsession

The protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is the clearest demonstration yet of how difficult it is to “take back control” of national borders 

By Katy Hayward  

Photo: David Young/PA Archive/PA Images

When the Withdrawal Agreement comes back to the House of Commons, the prime minister will seek to present a sturdy bridge over the stumbling block of the so-called “Irish backstop.” Why is it that the whole deal—and perhaps even the process of Brexit itself—will stand or fall on this one aspect of the 585 page Agreement?

The obsession with the backstop can be understood because it is the clearest iteration we have had to date of the difficult choices and challenges facing the UK…

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