Johnson proposes alternative to the backstop

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Boris Johnson's Brexit alternative to the Irish backstop: what's new?

Politicians have been quick to offer their verdict on Boris Johnson’s seven-page plan, but what does it contain and how is it different to Theresa May’s deal?

The key difference is it replaces the controversial Irish border backstop with a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland grouped around five key points, including a big shift on how food and goods are treated and a legally binding role for the Northern Ireland devolved assembly, the so-called Stormont lock.

Here are the five points:

1. Commitment to the Belfast/Good Friday agreement (GFA) of 1998

2. A continuing commitment to longstanding areas of UK/Ireland collaboration including those provisions in the GFA

3. An all-island regulatory zone for agri-food and manufactured goods

4. All-island regulatory zone must be approved by the people of Northern Ireland

5. Northern Ireland will leave the EU customs union along with the rest of the UK

— The Guardian

Read more about each point in detail on the link:

Boris Johnson's Brexit alternative to the Irish backstop: what's new? The Guardian.

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Brexit: dismay in Brussels as Boris Johnson finally reveals plan. The Guardian.

Boris Johnson publishes his alternative to the backstop. The Journal.ie.

EU sceptical of Johnson’s new Brexit plan without Irish backstop. RFI.

Brexit: What is Boris Johnson's plan to avoid a hard Irish border? BBC News.

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