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The Unspoken Backstop

The Withdrawal Agreement has foundered, and beneath the froth and fury of Parliamentarians blaming the prime minister, the opposition, the European Research Group, the European Union, and indeed each other for the deal’s undoing, the rocks of the Irish backstop await the next unfortunate attempting to pass. The prevailing consensus is that there can be Read More

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Theresa May, Sheriff of Nottingham

My favourite Alan Rickman performance is his turn as the snarling, flouncing, delightfully villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. It really has everything; the hair, the voice, the outfits, the wickedly delivered threats. Sadly, it’s the last of these that Theresa May has decided to emulate: “Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, Read More

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Brexit’s contradictions trap May between border and sea

With four months remaining until the UK leaves the EU, Theresa May is caught between the devil and the deep grey Irish sea. The November meeting of EU heads of state, originally pencilled in as the date when Brexit negotiations would be signed off on, could now become an emergency response to a potential no-deal Read More