With Boris Johnson boxed into a corner by Parliament there is now growing talk that some form of 'Northern Ireland-only' or just plain 'Northern Irish' backstop might offer him a way to deliver Brexit by Oct 31.
The Government denies this is Mr Johnson’s intention - and the Prime Minister himself said in Dublin this week he wants the UK to leave the EU 'whole and entire' - but talk of accepting an ‘all-Ireland’ regime for plant and animal regulations has fuelled speculation this is where the Prime Minister is heading.
The question: could a Northern Irish backstop break the Brexit deadlock?
The 'Northern Ireland-only' backstop is not new. It was first floated by the European Commission in December...
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