scooby wrote:...I hear May and others saying the EU does not want a backstop, well they have been fighting bloody hard for it for the last one and a half years!
Actually they haven't. They have been fighting to maintain control of their border. They have only allowed the backstop because they are aware of the conflict a hard border could cause and the damage such conflict might inflict on both sides of the border. Remember that the country on one side of that border is remaining a member of the EU so it could inflict damage on one of their members. The backstop is an anomaly as far as they are concerned.
The ERG, and you for that matter, claim there isn't a problem. You can implement a completely transparent but effective border control immediately. Everything already exists. The withdrawal deal has the whole UK inside the customs union and the single market until 31 December 2020. Obviously, if you and the ERG are correct, you can have that transparent border control up, working and proven long before then. The backstop only gets implemented if that control is not in place and working by the end of 2020. Why are the ERG the group that is shouting loudest about the backstop? Is it just possible that they are being economical with the truth?