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Three reasons the Irish backstop is actually a good thing

This controversial Brexit protocol is necessary and has public support 

By Sam Lowe  

The DUP are fiercely opposed to the backstop. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

The Westminster debate on the Irish backstop is deeply divisive. This protocol would see Northern Ireland remain de facto in the single market for goods, and the whole UK in a customs union, in the event that another solution is not found. Much of the moaning from Brexiters has been with regard to the constraints a whole UK customs union (something actually asked for by the UK) would place on an independent trade policy. For the…

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