If you want the WA signed either take out the backstop in its current form or put a time limit on the WA and sort the future relationship
We've been going through this ad nauseam, A101.
There IS an implicit end to the backstop contained in the WA: it's the FTA that is supposed to replace it.
The sooner the UK signs up to the terms of the FTA the EU offers them, the shorter the backstop will be needed, if ever.
But unless this FTA is concluded, the backstop can't be formally time-limited nor taken out of the WA.
If it's indeed just a matter of sequencing because both parties are currently unsure about the good faith, real intensions and honnesty of the other like has been suggested numerous times, then the Obvious solution has been known for a long time and formally proposed by the EU even: the phased Brexit
1- UK first does a BRINO only, so no formal need for a backstop in the WA any longer and
the UK can start to negotiate a FTA with the EU once formally out
2a- if a FTA is reached and indeed it shows there's no need for a backstop like claimed the problem is solved and the UK can drift as far away as it pleases from the EU with a FTA in place!
2b- if a FTA is reached and it still requires some elements from the backstop, then these few elements can be added as part of that FTA to allow the UK to drift as far away from the EU as it wants
2c- if no FTA is reached, the UK can drift further away from the EU but then a second WA (this time from the CU and the SM) must first be concluded, which will then have to include a backstop.
if the UK wants to split off the backstop from the WA and have it settle only the citiizen rights and the financial arrangement in order to secure a much valued transition period all while dealing with the backstop issues later on during the FTA negotiations, then it's only logical for Brexit to be split up in 2 phases as well! In a first phase a soft Brexit only to match the content of the light version of the WA and then when things go said, a full brexit later, nicely embedded in that fabulous FTA solving all the problems for NI...
if it proves to be yet another dilusional concept of Brexiteers and their idea of a FTA solving the backstop issues is impossible after all, then the UK will have to decide freely whether it stays in the temporary state of BRINO only, or goes for a hard Brexit anyway by signing up to the rest of the WA (ie. the backstop), possibly by a second referendum even.
The proposal to phase Brexit has been made by the EU, but the idea has been turned down by the UK Government…
they really need to make up their mind and get around the idea they can not have a 'no deal' departure (so no backstop) and still expect to negotiate a FTA later: it's not going to happen, that much should be clear now, shouldn't it? The EU has jsut formally set it as a pre-condition to the opening of negotiations of a FTA, even after Brexit.
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