What is backstop?

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  1. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    Why would Ireland want to give up their hard won independence and leave the EU? I don't see that happening.
     
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  3. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    The problem with Brexit is that it was a decision by the English people. Scottish and Northern Irish opposed. If they leave the U.K, they can join the European union.
     
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  5. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Can you use Scottish pound note in England?
     
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  7. Curious layman Registered Member

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    Yes, there's no "pound note" though, our smallest note is the £5.
     
  8. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    You can use the Scottish pound most places in England, but some establishments might not accept it. It is technically not legal tender, which I think means that it can be refused. But it is backed by Sterling so most (99.9...%) do accept it.
     
  9. Curious layman Registered Member

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    It certainly is legal tender, and you can't refuse it neither.
    Then I Wikipedia'd it and...holy cow! It's not, not even in Scotland!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_Scotland

    Quote....Scottish banknotes are unusual, first because they are issued by retail banks, not central banks, and second, because they are technically not legal tender anywhere in the United Kingdom-not even Scotland. As such, they are classified as promissory notes, and the law requires that the issuing banks hold a sum of Bank of England banknotes or gold equivalent to the total value of notes issued.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promissory_note
     
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  10. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Now going from ireland to northern ireland need passport or not?
     
  11. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Not at the moment, no. We’re still under the same laws and regulations as for the last few years. We only formerly end the “transition period” at the end of the year, and no idea yet what the formal rules will be then.
     
  12. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    and lets no forget that brexit could fuck up the good friday agreement
     
  13. Benson Registered Senior Member

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    The “Irish backstop” is effectively an insurance policy in UK-EU Brexit negotiations. It’s meant to make sure that the Irish border remains open (as it is today) whatever the outcome of the UK and the EU’s negotiations about their future relationship after Brexit

    https://fullfact.org/europe/irish-backstop/
     
  14. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    What is backstop?

    A backstop can also refer to a small boy or similar that decides to pick a fight with a much bigger opponent, who is unaware that what he sees as an easy victory against the small boy, does not realize that the small boy/opponent also has a far bigger mate hiding behind a tree, ready to lend assistance....He is the small boy's backstop.
     

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