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Theresa May’s C.R.A.P. Brexit

Rather than a temporary "backstop", what we’re actually looking at is a Customs and Regulatory Alignment Period

By Jonathan Portes  

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: PA

So, after an unedifying 24 hours of political theatre (more Joe Orton than Shakespeare) the government has published its proposal for a “temporary customs arrangement” to serve as a “backstop” in the event that no permanent solution is in place at the end of the transition period in December 2020.

Why all the fuss about a temporary arrangement that everyone hopes will never even have to be used? Of course, the answer is that almost every word in…

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