Britain to insist on deal for open border by October
Britain will insist that a permanent solution to keep the Border open is agreed upon by October and included in its withdrawal agreement to ensure that a backstop arrangement does not last beyond the end of 2021.
According to a report in today’s Irish Times, Government sources in London said that British negotiators will not agree to a final deal that does not include a permanent, agreed solution for the Border as part of a framework on the future partnership between Britain and the EU that will accompany the withdrawal agreement.
Britain’s proposal for the backstop was published on Thursday after prime minister Theresa May defused a cabinet revolt led by Brexit secretary David Davis by including in the document an end date for the backstop of December 2021, one year after the end of the post-Brexit transition period. Under the British proposal, the backstop would see the entire UK remaining part of the EU customs territory.
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