Breaking: NI ‘failsafe’ to create Irish Sea border if ‘backstop’ trade talks fail

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Details emerging from parliamentary sources about May’s ‘draft’ Brexit deal – which is already causing ructions among the Tory right and the DUP:

  • the so-called ‘backstop’ will keep the whole of the UK within the customs union rather than just Northern Ireland (NI)
  • there will be an interim UK-wide customs deal to create time to finalise a trade deal – clearly two years was not enough for the Tories to get their act together on trade, let alone agree a deal
  • the interim deal will be shored up by an NI-specific ‘fail-safe mechanism’ if trade negotiations are unsuccessful or anything else happens that would otherwise create a hard border within Ireland
  • that fail-safe will immediately create a soft border at the Irish Sea – that is, both Northern Ireland and the Republic behind a single border, separate from the UK
  • the UK will agree to shadow EU regulations to allow ‘frictionless’ EU Trade – a huge problem for Brexiters because 88% of U.K. made goods are not exported to the EU

May’s deal represents a complete capitulation born out of desperation to complete some deal, any deal, for PR purposes.

Brexiters are already trying to whip up opposition; the DUP is debating whether principle or the attractions of a further £1 billion sweetener take precedence.

And the fate of May’s government is still likely to rest in the hands of a handful of Labour right-wingers who would rather prop her up and prolong the suffering of millions than see a new general election and a Corbyn-led Labour government.



  1. If the Labour Right save May’s government then surely de-selection must follow?

  2. The right wants to avoid an election and the possibility of de-selection. The Whip ought to be withdrawn from MPs who prop up May.

  3. So Neo- Liberal May’s last gamble.
    And will some Neo Liberal Tories resign?
    Is a billion enough to buy the horrible DUP?
    With Right Wing Labour support.
    Will the Nasties still make the poor pine?

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