The EU and Theresa May backstop letters explained - The Guardian

The EU and Theresa May backstop letters explained - The Guardian

The legal and political assurances by Theresa May on the backstop before Tuesday's vote are detailed in an exchange of letters between the Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, and Donald Tusk, the European council president.

What the prime minister said:


The deal is at risk … because of concerns in the UK about how we are delivering on our commitments regarding Northern Ireland's border with Ireland.

The Irish backstop solution for avoiding a hard border covers the whole of the United Kingdom. Brexiters, in particular, fear that it will turn out to be a permanent arrangement, standing in the way of pursuing an independent trade policy.

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