The Irish border and the limits to taking back control
While Theresa May’s Cabinet colleagues now seem supportive of her approach to Brexit, the same cannot be said of her European counterparts. Instead, their guidelines issued last week for the future partnership outline a trading relationship that would necessitate a special status for Northern Ireland, indicating that the parties are on a collision course. A further UK concession to commit to continuing alignment with EU rules for some goods sectors appears to be necessary to meet European demands and get the process on track.
The Prime Minister’s conciliatory speech in early March acknowledged there would be costs to leaving the Single …read more