Within the Brexit Central briefing received this morning I read this (emphasis mine):
‘Of course, one of the scare stories that has repeatedly been propagated by anti-Brexit voices about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is that it would demand a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. So it was intriguing to read yesterday not only that Taosieach Leo Varadkar is now confident of keeping border invisible in ‘No-deal’ Brexit, a special arrangement can be found to keep the border in Ireland invisible in such a scenario but also that the EU is now saying they are “working very closely with Irish authorities to try and perform controls away from border”.
‘All of which prompts the question as to why such arrangements could not have been on the agenda all along, rather than the EU insisting on the potentially suffocating Irish backstop being included in the Withdrawal Agreement. Do we think the EU has been negotiating in bad faith?’
All as stated back in December!