Both sides claim victory as No 10 makes backstop ‘concession’

Government publishes formal proposal for Northern Ireland backstop with ‘expected’ end date of December 2021

Both sides of Theresa May’s warring cabinet claimed victory on Thursday after a day of drama in Westminster, as she finally published the UK’s plan for a customs backstop to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

The contentious proposal was agreed after two face-to-face confrontations between the prime minister and her disgruntled Brexit secretary David Davis, who would only sign it off after she inserted a specific end date.

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