Johnson deserves a hearing in Ireland but will not get one

At this late stage there seems little appetite for alternatives to the backstop

British prime minister Boris Johnson: mulling over potential solutions to the backstop standoff. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Reuters

British prime minister Boris Johnson: mulling over potential solutions to the backstop standoff. Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Reuters

The Sun newspaper occupies a special place in the British political milieu. Such is its historic influence over the public that politicians treat it with deference.

As a consequence its political journalists are taken seriously. For this reason alone a story earlier this week by Tom Newton Dunn, the paper’s political editor, might merit more attention than it received.

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