mercalia wrote: PH wrote:
mercalia wrote:beside the point. Just trying to get clear about the rights and wrongs of the situation and to make sense of the apparant intransigence of the EU since they claim to be reasonable whereas we are just causing trouble?
In real practical terms what is it you think the EU can offer? An open border between two customs regimes isn't possible, is it? Does it exist anywhere else?
not dealing with that issue just the unbalanced nature of the backstop and total puzzlement why Mrs may agreed to it. She built her deal on sand:
Sorry, but that isn't an answer. If you don't have the backstop, what else is there? One of the only amendments passed in the last round of voting called for an alternative, but no one is saying what that could be.
In terms of the GFA it would have been like demanding that the IRA disarm first.
That simply isn't accurate, both decommissioning and demilitarisation were a part of the GFA, with a timescale and a defined outcome. The latter could have been halted and reversed at any time if the paramilitaries broke the former.