There are several myths surrounding the Irish backstop issue, which must be straightened out at this crucial time to ensure that the opportunities Brexit offers are not squandered. The backstop has often been described as an insurance policy by the government. It is, in fact, a hidden trap that could lead to the complete evisceration of the benefits of Brexit, giving us the worst of all worlds. Myth: The backstop is just an insurance policy — it will never be usedIt is not just an insurance policy. If it represents a stable position that the EU would like as a fallback, then it will take away the EU’s incentive to negotiate a deal with the UK.
Source: The Times October 10, 2018 22:52 UTC