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 the latest bitter Brexit battle in Theresa May’s cabinet declared victory on Thursday, as the government published a formal proposal for the Northern Ireland backstop, which it “expects” to cease to apply by December 2021.

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, had fought hard for an end-date to be included in the plan, which is aimed at convincing Brussels that the UK can avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland – and refused to deny on Wednesday that he could resign over the issue.

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