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

  • 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 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 at 19:24

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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    (-1) The backstop is not only about the customs union. – Relaxed Apr 7 at 19:09
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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 at 19:09
  • @Relaxed: does the backstop include freedom of movement of EU labor (not just Irish) into Northern Ireland? – Fizz Apr 7 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). – Denis de Bernardy Apr 7 at 19:14
  • @Fizz I don't think so, why are you asking? – Relaxed Apr 9 at 6:11

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