Brexit deal: Boris Johnson launches frantic sales pitch ahead of Commons vote – live news

Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday Full story: Johnson plays numbers game after securing deal 7.28am BST The DUP will “absolutely” be voting against the deal when it comes...

Brexit deal: Boris Johnson launches frantic sales pitch ahead of Commons vote – live news

Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday

The DUP will “absolutely” be voting against the deal when it comes to the House of Commons, the party’s Sammy Wilson has said, contradicting a suggestion earlier from Peter Bone that the unionist party might be willing to do so.

“Why would we when this deal goes against everything, first of all that the government promised they would do to Northern Ireland,” Wilson told BBC’s Today programme.

Michael Dougan, professor of European law at University of Liverpool, has this interesting Twitter thread breaking down Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, the majority of which “remains identical to that finalised by Theresa May”. It’s worth a read.

1) vast majority of Withdrawal Agreement remains identical to that finalised by Theresa May – the one that was repeatedly denounced by so many Brexiters (vassal state, money down drain etc) & justifiably criticised by sane commentators (esp flawed citizens’ rights regime)

3) How? NI will remain subject to large swathes of EU legislation on customs, VAT, goods, energy, state aid etc; on dynamic basis / in accordance with ECJ caselaw. Many of the rules will be enforced by UK bodies, but EU will also exercise various powers / roles in respect of NI.

5) After all: requires nightmarish system for determining / administering which goods pay EU / UK / no customs duties. Effectively based on presumption that EU duties should apply unless & until proved otherwise – followed by burdensome system of refunds by UK authorities.

7) … unless NI institutions later decide that "backstop" regime should be terminated. But DUP can’t veto extension of Protocol into the future: boohoo. Instead, on rolling basis: cross-community support = 8 year prolongation; though simple majority = still 4 year continuation

9) Last/not least: revised Political Declaration remains much same but with few tweaks intended to increase future distance between EU/UK. Of course, they don’t matter very much: document isn’t binding; might never be agreement; might take many years; might look very different.

11) Conclusion? EU has strong interest in promoting this agreement as way to avoid chaotic withdrawal. Fair enough: within its prerogative / in its interests. But for UK: this "new deal" also lays ground for Johnson & Co to plough ahead with their damaging and dangerous Brexit.

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