Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has had his backstop alternative rebuffed by Brussels - but Brexiters back home didn't like it either.
Note the words "unless and until".
Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay travel to Brussels for talks ahead of next week’s crucial Commons vote.
DUP and hardline Tories insist legally binding changes to backstop needed to secure their support.
Arguably that is what's happening, in the current off-stage conversation over a possible reform to the Northern Ireland backstop.