mercalia wrote:Why the Backstop is unfair and the hard supporters of brexit are right in resisting it
Unlike the GFA where every one stood to gain, the end of violence, the backstop is different.
The UK derives few benefits, other than the GFA, from remaining in the backstop and in fact it damages the UKs long term interests and life outside the EU.
On the other hand it meets the requirements of the EU perfectly - meeting the demands of the GFA and also protecting the single market dogma
Thus any alternative to the backstop has to be ATLEAST as good ie perfect in the EU's view It has no incentive to accept any soln worse than it
The EU may thus be inclined to set an impossibly high bar to agree to end it - that is the growing realisation in the supporters of brexit camps? A valid worry.
What we need is a soln that is in the interests of all partys to remove asap? The "Backstop" is not that. ( Goodness knows why Mrs May agreed to it)
Brexit itself is far more damaging than anything else to the UK's long term interests. Complaining about the backstop when Brexit is ongoing is like complaining about a splinter in your left hand while your right hand is being chopped off.