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54% believe an Irish backstop is Guinness consumed at the end of a night out

Pint of Guinness
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As Theresa May returns to Dublin with ‘new ideas’ on the Irish backstop, a poll reveals most Brits to be wide of the mark when defining this linchpin of the Brexit deal.

The survey, completed by the type of person who is unable to evade a student in a brightly coloured tabard waving a clipboard, asked the question 'What is an Irish backstop?'.

Despite wall-to-wall media coverage, the results appear to show the average man on the street’s understanding of the backstop to be at a similar level to, former Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab's grasp of the importance of the English Channel.

  • 3% correctly identified the Irish backstop as an insurance policy that avoids a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
  • 7% of respondents defined an Irish backstop as a pint of Guinness consumed as ‘hair of the dog’ and thus 'backstopping' a hangover.
  • 15% told the survey they thought an Irish backstop was legislation proposed by the DUP “to stop sinners having bum sex”. 
  • 21% felt the backstop was a plot devised by faceless EU bureaucrats to steal our sovereignty and move hoards of economic migrants into the spare rooms of hard-working families.
  • A statistically significant 54% of the cohort were confident in defining an Irish backstop as a pint of Guinness, consumed at the end of a night on the Stella, to prevent a hangover the following day.

Here at The Post Truth Post we undertook our own research and can confirm that any option which requires a Guinness is a winner.


Donald Tusk: A special place in ‘Hull’ not ‘hell’

Donald Tusk
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Donald Tusk says he has been misquoted and wants to see the leaders of Brexit move to Hull and try living on Universal Credit.

The European Council President who has been widely quoted as saying he has “been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out”, has clarified his intent.

“Perhaps it was my foreign accent that made your northern city of ‘Hull’ sound like the imagined fiery pits of hell.” he told reporters.

“What I was trying to convey is that those who promoted this Brexit with out a plan, people like Boris, Gove, Rees-Mogg and Farage, should try living in a city hit by austerity, like Hull.

“These are people that have imposed austerity, cut benefits and presided over the systematic destruction of industry in Northern cities.

“As punishment for this crime, I humbly suggest, they are sent to Hull to live on Universal Credit.

“I mean no offence to your wonderful city, I just wish to see these clowns suffer and I believe your system of Universal Credit to be a cruel and unusual punishment worthy of Beelzebub.”