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Brexit hardliners have long argued that Ireland will be so scared of the damage a no-deal exit would do to the Irish economy that it will tell the EU to back down on the most controversial part of the withdrawal agreement -- the so-called Irish border backstop. The measure is unpopular in the U.K. because it would keep the U.K. tied to EU trading rules indefinitely unless another solution is found."
Isn't the whole point of "the backstop" that it is only to be a backstop and only to be used in the virtually impossible and, actually, unimaginable case that some other solution to divided Ireland is not found? In other words, if half as much energy had been spend on finding that other magical solution, then the backstop would already be a moot point.
Maybe everybody in the UK will be so overjoyed to have BoJo in office that they will be able to throw the DUP overboard, cast NI adrift, let Ireland unite, and then follow their own English path back to the 1950s.
As a practical matter everyone recognises this is far simpler to do than to try to stop traffic at 300 official and unofficial border crossings along the 500k land border between Ireland and N. Ireland. In many instances the same road weaves across the border several times.
For the avoidance of doubt, this need have absolutely nothing to do with a "united Ireland" except in the fevered imaginations of paranoid loyalists and ideological imperialists many of whom wouldn't know "a technological solution" to customs controls if they met one despite the fact they continually claim this would solve the Irish land border problem...
Index of Frank's Diaries
Belfast council backs down on Twelfth bonfire after UVF threats.
I note, with cynicism, the UVF disarmed in 2009 so it's a complete mystery what a " severe violent confrontation" would entail.
The UVF, et. al., have received help in the form of logistics and intelligence from various members - and bureaus? - of the UK military and intelligence services for decades. IMHO, anyone who thinks this isn't continuing is a fool.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
these people regard the UVF as brothers in arms, so I'm quite sure there has been substantial flow of weapons that way.
Fact is, just as it's undeniable that MI5 were an enthusiastic partner of the UDA/UVF during the period of the Troubles because UK plc had a vested interest in maintaining ownership of significant military industrial assets in Belfast, now that these have closed, UK plc is no longer the lsightest bit interested in supporting these embarrassing historic remnants.
MI5's phones will not be answered when the UDA ring.
keep to the Fen Causeway
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