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Is EU Single Market membership part of the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement?

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  • I guess this question can have different answers depending whether one interprets membership as full membership or just some level of access. I assumed the former (much shorter answer, ha ha). If someone wants to give you the full details on the latter...
    – Fizz
    Apr 7 '19 at 19:16
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    I briefly mentioned some of those issues in an older answer politics.stackexchange.com/a/39453/18373
    – Fizz
    Apr 7 '19 at 19:24
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No, it's not. A customs union doesn't equal the Single Market. Not even the Customs Union equals that. Turkey is such an example. Crucially, the Single Market includes freedom of movement for labor, which is not included in the Customs Union.

Under the backstop Northern Ireland will basically apply the full code of the Customs Union, while the rest of the UK will be in a less encompassing one.

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    There are also some extra conditions on services (e.g. electrical supply) of Northern Ireland under the backstop, which place it closer to the single market.
    – origimbo
    Apr 7 '19 at 19:09
  • @Relaxed: does the backstop include freedom of movement of EU labor (not just Irish) into Northern Ireland?
    – Fizz
    Apr 7 '19 at 19:14
  • Not downvoting because the answer is correct. But Turkey's position is not exactly enviable from a trade deal standpoint, and insofar as I'm aware there are some parts of the Single Market that still apply, like food safety or fishing rights (and if I am not mistaking submitting to the ECJ for those things). Apr 7 '19 at 19:14
  • @Fizz I don't think so, why are you asking?
    – Relaxed
    Apr 9 '19 at 6:11
  • @Relaxed: because that (freedom of movement for labor) was the main difference I was trying to convey here. Like I said in a comment under the question, it's also reasonable to assume that by "membership" he meant just some level of Single Market access (or possibly even some level of harmonization), but I assumed he meant full membership.
    – Fizz
    Apr 9 '19 at 7:05

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