home.aspx
home.aspx
 
. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/brexit-and-the-irish-backstop-the-fear-that-dare-not-speak-its-name
blog article
BREXIT AND THE IRISH BACKSTOP: THE FEAR THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME
British Prime Minister Theresa May on December 10 decided not to call a long-expected vote on her plan to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union (EU). The underlying reason is continued controversy over the so-called Irish backstop a fall-back plan that would maintain an open border on the island of Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without securing a deal. But while there is a mountain of controversy over the backstop mechanism itself, and whether it might lock the UK, against its will, into a near-permanent customs union with the EU, there is virtually no discussion of the underlying political and security rationale for the backstop. JOHN M. ROBERTS READ MORE