Theresa May’s Brexit clock is ticking as negotiations enter endgame

Inside Politics: The ultimate aim of the backstop is to go nowhere in particular

UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Backstop. Full Stop.

We have all heard the cliché: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. With Brexit, you can do a shorthand version. It goes something like this: nothing is agreed.

How many times have we heard Theresa May say we are 95 per cent there? How many times has Leo Varadkar said he is optimistic that a deal can be struck in (delete as appropriate) September, October, November, December? How many times have we heard politicians/officials/journalists declare that we are now in the endgame?

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