The chancellor says the Govt has a cunning plan.
Here is my cunning plan:
1/ Have a referendum in NI only asking for a mandate for a NI only backstop.
(Confirmation would bring legitimacy and would negate the DUP protests that this backstop is undemocratic.)
2/ Let the NI Govt have a role in future discussions during the transition period.
(Not a veto, this would encourage NI politicians to start up their local Govt soonest)
3/ Westminster - how to get a deal through. Get a larger portion of remainers on board by EU agreeing an easy accession route should any future UK wide referendum vote to go back in.
(hope here is that brexiteers will seize the chance of getting out, their mantra is that the UK will prosper and flourish outside the EU so no fears on a referendum result in the future - likewise remainers will acknowledge the result of the past referendum but be confident that things will be bad outside and a majority will want back in).
This plan is called the Peterma ‘cummings’ plan