It's utter arse gravy
I think the kindest way to describe the proposals is that they are an "opening gambit"; they call it take it or leave it, but they are inching closer to sanity; of course, they should have come up with this six month to a year ago, not four weeks before their 31 Oct deadline. If there is flexibility on the UK side, then it may be possible to pull something out of this.
- There is, as has been said above, no Stormont to act in the proposed capacity. Might want to get that up and running. Whether the EU will allow this ... can't see it.
- Why does agri-business have to be a special class on its own; every exporting business in NI should be in the same category.
- Don't put obstacles in the way of NI business and exports; the way to drive NI back towards violence lies not just in ending the open border, but in weakening the NI economy and creating unemployment. Business leaders and groups in NI would much prefer to channel their exports through Dublin and the Irish Republic, rather than the UK. The DUP is focused on a theoretical notion, not the reality on the ground. Let business do what business wants to do. Where there are obstacles, people find a way around them; the best way is not to put them up in the first place.
If there were some pragmatism around this, I think a deal could be done, but phrases like "take it or leave it" don't really help at all