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Obviously, I don't agree, or I wouldn't have bothered to quote and write the screeds I have written. Boris' and May's inaccurate depiction of the constitutional status of N. Ireland and how it would be impacted by "a border in the Irish Sea" actually provides the Irish Government (and the EU) with an opening to draft a backstop text which is explicitly in line with the Good Friday Agreement and explicitly rejects any change in the constitutional status of N. Ireland without the agreement of the Irish people, North and south.

The Irish Government is giving nothing away here (not already conceded in the GFA) while inserting text which explicitly addresses the claimed threat to the integrity of the UK that a border might (even symbolically) represent. It remains, then, only to ensure that the border is as friction free as possible, something the DUP and UK government have been vociferous in claiming is possible with the use of new technology, etc.

If it is possible to do at 208 official border crossings (and many more unofficial ones), how much easier will it be at the handful of air and sea ports which handle UK trade, and which already implement agricultural and phytosanitory checks on food and other products moving between N. I. and GB, and many other checks on goods coming in from third countries.

If the DUP want to have any say in how these checks are implemented at local level, they will have to agree to the restoration of the Stormont Executive, something they have been steadfastly refusing to do on terms acceptable to the nationalist community. The EU could even insert text into the Backstop agreement giving Stormont the final say in how it will be implemented, knowing full well that Sinn Fein will never agree to a restoration of controls at the land Border, and that the N. I. economy will crater if import/exports cannot happen if they cannot be processed anywhere else.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 18th, 2018 at 08:58:28 PM EST
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The whole point of the DUP is that they simply do not concede to any other political organisation the right to determine what Ulster's relationship is with the rest of the UK.

And that actually includes the Westminster Govt. Their "loyalty" is entirely one-sided. It is one of demands, if anything be demanded of them in return, the answer is "NO".

They hate the GFA and their sole purpose in the last 20 years has been to find ways of breaking it. They may claim that they want an open border but, tbh, a "no deal" that rips the GFA apart is pretty much their absolute heart's desire.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 18th, 2018 at 10:04:02 PM EST
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