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7:25pm on Tuesday, 29th January, 2019:
The EU exit agreement extends the period of negotiation after Brexit until a deal can be made.
The Cooper-Boles amendment to the acceptance of the EU agreement extends the period of negotiation before Brexit until a deal can be made.
A backstop is an agreement that comes into play when some other agreement that is expected to be made is not in fact made. It's like an insurance policy: we hope to be able to create a full agreement, but if we don't manage it then we agree to do this. Some people are against backstops in principle because they always favour one party over the other
Both the above are therefore backstops.
Why, then, is one good and the other bad?
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