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The Guardian view on the backstop proposals: Britain’s broken promise

Boris Johnson calls it a compromise. But, once again, the Conservatives are talking only to themselves, not to Ireland and the EU

  • Editorial
  • The Guardian

Boris Johnson has reached for the word compromise many times in the last two days as he has promoted his new Brexit proposals.

There were three mentions of compromise in his party conference speech in Manchester on Wednesday, a further four in his letter to the European commission, two in…

These usages, although tendentious, are not wholly specious. Mr Johnson’s proposals are an

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