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And BTW, did I mention that Irish Commissioner, Phil Hogan, has just been appointed EU Trade Commissioner in charge of FTA negotiations???

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 03:17:56 PM EST
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In a friendly gesture towards Bojo.

Not that he cares. He probably doesn't have a working estimate of the mountain of negotiation ahead, and he'll take no part in it anyway, even supposing he is still PM in a few months time.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 03:37:54 PM EST
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Letter to the editor...
Dear Sir, - May I make so bold as to elucidate for your readers a comment made by Leo Varadker in his speech of welcome to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson? Leo offered to be  "your friend and ally, your Athena" to Boris as he undertook the "Herculean task" of negotiating free trade agreements with the EU and US and securing their ratification in less than three years.

For the benefit of those not classically trained, Hercules was obliged to perform the 12 labours as an act of penitence after he had descended into madness and murdered his wife, Megara, and his children. At the moment he was about to go on and kill his foster father, Amphitryon, Athena intervened. Seeing that he had gone mad, she struck Hercules down and knocked him out to prevent him causing more bloodshed than he had already done.

No doubt this was intended as an in-joke between some classicist in the Irish Civil service and the classically educated Boris, but the message is pretty pointed...we will knock you out rather than let you do more harm... and by the way, that's some task you are going to have to perform if you want Free Trade Agreements with the USA and the EU.

Leo also mentioned that any Free Trade Agreement with the EU would have to be ratified by 30 Parliaments within the EU. The inference was clear: Ireland has a veto on any Free Trade Agreement the UK might seek with the EU - oh and by he way, Ireland's EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, has just been nominated for the EU's Trade Commissioner role, in charge of all trade negotiations.

Now about that Northern Ireland only backstop I was mentioning the other day...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 03:57:35 PM EST
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