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From a negotiating process point of view, it is an entirely rational approach:

  1. Keep the DUP on board by ruling out controls between N. Ireland and Britain

  2. Keep the Irish government on Board by ruling out Irish land border controls.

  3. Use Ireland's dependence on UK trade to undermine the EU negotiating position in general

  4. Blame busybody meddling Brussels bureaucrats for causing complications and inhibiting "free trade"

  5. The practicalities are for the little people.  Political visionaries don't do detail.

  6. Problem solved

  7. Next!


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 06:23:04 PM EST
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Yes, you can see in their shifty flushed faces that that's exactly the squalid calculation they're spinning.

I. Hate. Them.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 06:36:35 PM EST
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I think 3 needs expanded.  This position isn't just to create a wedge issue between the Republic and the EU but to convince the Republic "there is no alternative" to the "sensible" decision of Eirexit.
by rifek on Thu Aug 17th, 2017 at 01:25:43 PM EST
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Support for EU membership in Ireland has never been higher, at 88% overall, and 99% among students. Brexit has reminded everyone of the benefits of the EU that are all too easily taken for granted. Every day, as the clusterf*ck that is Brexit is further revealed, that number is likely to grow, not diminish.

Schadenfreude doesn't quite capture the sense of ones former colonial masters and betters getting their comeuppance... It's more like a role reversal with the UK becoming the supplicant begging the master not to go too hard on them.  Karma if you wish, but all to many Irish have historical memories of the position being reversed.

So there will be no gloating, instead a genuine fellow feeling and willingness to help.  But at the moment we can do nothing. The UK is determined to do this all by itself, and delusions of Irexit only demonstrate how out of touch Brexiteers are.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 17th, 2017 at 03:44:50 PM EST
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You know that, and I know that, and anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that,  but UK Brexit strategy is being set by carnival barkers and deludinoids.
by rifek on Fri Aug 18th, 2017 at 01:18:50 PM EST
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