The EU will not remove the backstop because there must never be a chance that a hard border will return between the two Irelands. Fair enough, nobody wants to see that. There must never be a hard border says the EU. On no account can there ever be a hard border says the EU. We will not contemplate the possibility of a return of a hard border says the EU. And if we don’t agree to that we will have to leave on March 29th without an agreement and the EU will have to install a hard border! All Theresa May has to do now to keep the EU at the negotiating table is to stand by the stool threatening to kick it away on the 29th. I think there will be some form of agreement before then.