The EU and Theresa May backstop letters explained

What the PM and the EU really meant in their letter exchange on the Irish border

The legal and political assurances promised by Theresa May on the backstop before Tuesday’s vote are detailed in an exchange of letters between the prime minister and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, and Donald Tusk, the European council president.

The EU’s letter is not legally binding, but the UK could use it as evidence in any future dispute over the triggering or termination of the backstop.

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