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The Malthouse amendment: just because it’s a compromise doesn’t mean it will work

Its proponents still refuse to confront reality

By George Peretz  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

In the last 24 hours, a group of MPs representing different strands of opinion within the Conservative Party has put forward the “Malthouse Amendment” as a proposed way forward on Brexit. The amendment consists of a Plan A (a revised withdrawal agreement without the Ireland/Northern Ireland backstop) and a Plan B (a suggested way forward without a withdrawal agreement).

Unfortunately, neither Plan A nor Plan B works.

As for Plan A, the background is that the backstop negotiated between the EU and the UK seeks to fulfil the…

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