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Key excperts on #NorthernIreland #irishborder
Island of Ireland will remain one epidemiological unit
Realise the importance of professionals working both sides of the border, or living in one territory and working in another
They want to keep British and Irish broadcasters able to transmit easily across the border. BBC would have to set up separate licence for Ireland otherwise.
UK is being ambitious on road haulage. What would happen with #nodeal? I'll leave that to @LouiseBTS
Another commitment as per other government announcements to maintaining Single Electricity Market. Hoping those barges won't be needed....
This part is mostly about the UK wanting to maintain, as much as it can, the functioning of the European Arrest Warrant post-Brexit, interesting they mention UK-Irish co-operation specifically. An unsubtle appeal to the Irish government and allusion to terrorism
What is implicitly mentioned in that last section is made explicit here. Cooperation on terrorism is vital. That means agreements on data-sharing and police co-operation and Europol, will be needed.
Interesting that government still being a bit vague about future funding for EU-cross border projects. Mentions PEACE, but not INTERREG.
Finally, as per the Chequers Statement, the main point is that the UK believes its visions for a future relationship is sufficient for the backstop to not be implemented. No suggestions on alternative vision/language for the backstop as per the EU's draft withdrawal agreement

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Jul 24, 2018
Some interesting snippets from the new White Paper on the forthcoming Implementation Bill.....…
On the financial settlement, the Paper talks of the UK's financial commitments, and legal requirements but there seem to be a few nods to Raab's comments about no payments if no future agreement. Bill would only provide for payments agreed to in a withdrawal agreement
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Just published from the Commission: Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019 | European Commission!Vu87RB via @EU_Commission
These two headlines tell the story well.....
'there MIGHT be a transition period'
For those of us looking at #borders
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At @ChathamHouse for @InstituteGC (Tony Blair) talk- ‘in defence of globalisation.’ Venue is packed, no surprise there. #CHEvents
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Mar 23, 2018
European Council Guidelines: A thread. Firstly, yes we (the EU 27) want to have a a deep a relationship with the UK as possible including on security...... (1)
But....the UK red lines mean there will be friction. Which we think will be damaging to the UK... (2)
However....if those red lines become a bit more 'pink' we can look at giving your more. But don't think we're going to offer anything we've already ruled out..... (3)
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