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Old 21st Sep 2019, 17:11
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From RTÉ’s Tony Connelly in Europe,

It would seem that HMGov is suggesting one thing (in this case an all island of Ireland approach to agricultural products) then rolling back and cherry picking options from within its own suggested notioal proposal.
Having proposed an all-island agri-food regime as a way to avoid a degree of border checks, the UK was now insisting that such a regime be selective. In other words, there would not even be wholesale alignment of the rules, north and south.
Furthermore, the ‘ideas’ , or “non-papers” coming from the UK aren’t even fleshed out proposals, it would seem they’re more musings on the notions of Britains daydreams on an alternative to the backstop.
The chances of a breakthrough at the EU summit on 17 and 18 October, therefore, remain marginal."We have four weeks before the European Council and we don’t have the slightest concrete element to work on," says a senior EU official."At a European Council things never fall from the sky. They need to be prepared up front. You need texts. You need to go through the motions with the member states beforehand. That means Johnson would need to have had very granular discussions not only with the European Commission but also with the Irish.

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