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Another "new deal" proposal summarily dismissed:

Ireland dismisses suggestion it should quit EU and join UK

Ireland has dismissed the suggestion that the best solution to the Brexit impasse might be for the country to quit the EU and join the UK.

Questioned about the possibility by the BBC Today presenter John Humphrys, Ireland's Europe minister, Helen McEntee, said it was not contemplating quitting the EU, that polls showed 92% of the population wanted to remain in the bloc, and "Irexit" was not plausible.

She told the Radio 4 programme on Saturday that, in the event of no deal, Ireland was "not planning for the reintroduction of a border", and urged the UK to honour its commitment to ensure the border remained invisible, as it had since the Good Friday peace deal was signed nearly 21 years ago.

by Bernard on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 09:28:31 PM EST
John Humphrys is just trolling her. Everyone with any poltical awareness knows that won't happen and those who think so show a stunning ignorance of history.

I have written about Irexit here. Nigel Farage and a couple of cronies have been trying to whip up a few discontents here. He hasn't been getting very far.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 09:38:18 PM EST
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May is the Preventer of Deals.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 04:34:52 AM EST
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I heard that interview live. Helen McEntee's calmness under provocation from Humphrys was exemplary. Humphrys attitude caused me, for the first time ever, to lodge a complaint with the BBC. It is not Humphrys' job to act on behalf of ERG loonies.

It will be interesting to see how many other follow suit. It got coverage on Twitter after Ben Bradshaw, MP, commented.

by oldremainmer48 on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 12:26:33 PM EST
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Helen McEntee is a 32 year old junior Minister for European affairs in Simon Coveney's Ministry for External affairs. She is often accused of just being a token inclusion in photo ops with Varadker and Coveney to provide some eye candy and gender balance. As this interview shows, she is anything but. I suspect her next job will be a full cabinet appointment should this government be re-elected...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 02:30:28 PM EST
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Speaking of trolling:

British Lord Brings Up 'Idea of Recolonising Zimbabwe'

The Zimbabwean government has described as regrettable and unfortunate remarks by UK lawmaker Lord Adrian Palmer calling for Britain's recolonisation of Zimbabwe. Speaking in the House of Lords, independent cross-bench peer Lord Palmer asked: "Has the minister even considered the idea of recolonising Zimbabwe? It is tragic to see what is going on." British Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad said he had not considered that option.
WTF is wrong with these people? Too much inbreeding?
by Bernard on Sun Jan 27th, 2019 at 02:50:19 PM EST
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Too much inbreeding was already a problem 2 centuries ago.

We are deeply into the weeds of how much the madness of King George has spread amongst them

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 09:04:25 PM EST
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the BBC does seem to have begun acting as supporters and explainers of the ERG position.

I've begun to find BBC News unwatchable because the bias is just too overt

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 28th, 2019 at 09:00:37 PM EST
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