Today the Prime Minister outlined his new proposals for a Brexit Deal.
The proposals, aimed at replacing the backstop, would bizarrely, avoid an Irish border by creating two borders!
The Prime Minister’s proposals were described as unworkable, unacceptable and illegal under British domestic law, which bans any new infrastructure on the Irish border that did not exist before Brexit day.
Ireland’s European Affairs minister, Helen McEntee, said the plans would not be acceptable to Dublin and raised doubts that Johnson was sincere in wanting a deal.
“If this is the final offer, then there is not a deal to be had,” said one EU official.
In view of these doomed proposals, I asked the Prime Minister, once again, if he was prepared to obey the law in terms of the Benn Act and seek an extension if no deal was secured by 19th October or, if he would instead, to use his words, “die in a ditch”.