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Views from Unionists, via Politico.eu:

Brexit's Ulster problem

The Irish border Brexit fight is fixated on the wrong thing.

That's the message unionists in Northern Ireland would like political leaders in London, Dublin, Brussels and other European capitals to hear.

The border, a key sticking point in the Brexit impasse, is part of the complicated political puzzle of preserving Northern Ireland's peace settlement. But, say Unionists, it is not the only part -- and to elevate it above all other considerations puts real strain on the very settlement it is designed to protect.

In order to prevent Brexit from upending the delicate settlement in Northern Ireland, EU negotiators have insisted that any agreement governing the U.K.'s departure must include a cast-iron mechanism to prevent the need for checks on the border between the U.K. nation and the Republic of Ireland to the south.

Having read the whole thing, this continental was left with the feeling of a very insular group of people who yet do insist on the whole 300+ million people EU27 dropping their priorities to accommodate theirs.

And what about the whole "no border in the Irish sea" thing? Does it mean that abortion is legal in NI because it's the "British law"?

by Bernard on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 07:50:28 PM EST
What they've said is that they want to leave the EU without leaving. It's bollocks. They may even know it's bollocks - hard to say, quite a number of them are young Earth creationists.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 09:53:20 PM EST
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The Brexiteer leitmotiv has always been the assumption that the current Benefits of the EU can be taken for granted and preserved, while the costs and obligations can be avoided.  Thus there is no need for customs controls at the border, and it will be the EU's fault if they are implemented. In principle they want everything to stay the same, but without the UK's contribution to the EU budget, subjugation to EU regulation, and requirement to pool sovereignty. Only the EU's stubbornness and desire to "punish Britain" is preventing this form being eminently feasible.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 10:21:03 PM EST
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Once again the DUPes demonstrate a firm nongrasp of reality.  I'm compelled to conclude their party meetings are held in opium dens.
by rifek on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 02:25:54 AM EST
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No, but they did begin life as the political wing of Ian Paisley's Free Presbyterian Church which was a breakaway from the Presbyterian Church because the latter's bigoted, homophobic, and creationist teachings weren't fundamentalist enough... Religion rather than drugs is their thing, but then religion is the opium of the people...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 09:39:24 AM EST
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