Back­stop ‘a ri­ot­ers’ char­ter’

Daily Express - - Race On To Save Brexit -

MEA­SURES in the Brexit deal to pre­vent a hard bor­der with Ire­land are a “ri­ot­ers’ char­ter”, Leave cam­paign­ers have warned.

Plans for a “back­stop” tem­po­rary cus­toms ar­range­ment could be­come per­ma­nent and ham­per trade with the rest of the world, Brex­i­teers fear.

And it pro­vides a per­verse in­cen­tive to en­cour­age vi­o­lence in North­ern Ire­land that the plan is in­tended to pre­vent.

Leave cam­paigner and au­thor Lee Rotherham said: “The more you dig into it, the more this looks like the most flawed EU treaty since the euro­zone.”

Fresh anal­y­sis of Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s EU exit agree­ment shows an es­cape clause in the event of “se­ri­ous eco­nomic, so­ci­etal or en­vi­ron­men­tal dif­fi­cul­ties”. A so­lu­tion ac­cept­able to both sides can be ig­nored.

Dr Rotherham said: “It per­versely in­cen­tivises the sce­nario its sup­port­ers say it’s in­tended to pre­vent.

“I’m sur­prised that the Dublin gov­ern­ment is back­ing it. But then again, the Repub­lic gets hit by an ex­tra £1.3bil­lion bill from the EU in a no-deal sce­nario. Maybe self-in­ter­est is in play.”

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