Why is the Backstop such an Issue?

+++ The backstop was created to help move negotiations forward. But it has created a noose around the PM’s neck. Crunch time is now whether the UK government can survive, let alone what Brexit looks like. +++

  1. The sequencing of Brexit negotiations was that it would start with the Withdrawal Agreement and then move onto a deal about the Future Relationship between the UK and the EU
  2. At each EU Summit, decisions had to be made
  3. December 2017: both sides committed to guiding principles for the Withdrawal Agreement