7 takeaways from the post-Brexit plan


Theresa May has some air cover to help smuggle her Brexit divorce deal through parliament.

Whether it’s enough remains doubtful.

The political declaration on the outline of the future relationship, agreed by diplomats in Brussels Thursday, is full of statements of intent designed as little flashes of ankle for Brexiteer eyes in Westminster.

Here are 7 quick-fire takeaways on a document short on legal certainty but high on aspiration.

Sweetening the poison

If the Withdrawal Agreement is the medicine needed to leave the EU, the declaration on the future relationship is the sugar to make it palatable.

The most bitter pill in the divorce deal is the backstop, which would keep Northern Ireland inside a more tightly bound customs union than the rest of the U.K. and bound by single market rules over which it would have no say.

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