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Ditching the Backstop is the priority. Without it we have the exit clause that means everything else is actually up for negotiation

I can’t decide if it’s Boris’ Letter or opening shot to the EU, or the reaction to it which is really the news today.

It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming. But the reaction from across the political spectrum is at best laced with self interest, if not in some cases completely bizarre.

For anyone other than the most ardent remainders, it is s fact that Theresa May’s so-called Withdrawal Agreement is completely dead. Yet it is also playing with politics to suggest that it remains completely unworkable if the Backstop should be removed and left out.

This is because whilst there are many elements contained within the existing Withdrawal Agreement that are unfavourable to the UK in many unacceptable ways, it is our ability to negotiate a way through these which makes it workable when the Backstop is removed. it is our ability to walk away that means we are committed to nothing until an agreement is formulated that works for us and ensures that we will not be perpetually trapped in transition arrangements dictated by the EU until we accept an agreement which is dictated by the EU.

The reality is that Boris may well have produced this letter to flush Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party out. Because the argument against the rest of the agreement – based on the fact that it can ultimately be changed – basically removes the validity of the Brexit Party if we have left on these terms and have not remained.

But like most things political at the moment, to think that they could all turn out so simple would suggest it unlikely that you are living in the real world.

Whilst Boris approach will look strong and strategic to many Leavers, it still makes no account of the current Parliamentary dynamic which is substantially biased towards Remain.

As such, it doesn’t matter how clever Boris is at attempting to destroy the electoral challenge he faces from Nigel Farage, without his help going into a General Election, the only things that Boris May succeed at will be opening the door to a Marxist Government or ensuring that having left the EU by default on the 31st of October, the MPs around him then take is straight back and permanently in.

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