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It's almost impossible for me to comment because, try as hard as I can, I can't see any justification for the UK's position beyond the atavistically bone-headed colonialism of a century ago.
I think Frost still thinks he can send the Black and Tans to knock "sense" into people.
All of this could possibly have made sense if Trump was still in the White House but not any more. Despite all of his performative clowning, Johnson is not a fool but, sans Trump, this posturing is tactical, not strategic. At some point, we have to ask what the end point is and I really don't think the UK govt have any idea what their preferred LEGAL settlement would be. They have lots of cake-and-eat-it positions, but they have long realised they only exist over the other side of the rainbow.
The real world is a shitshow for the UK right now and Frost is a monkey dancing for the tabloids and the distraction of the public. The Tories have got a good, if undeserved, bounce from vaccine roll-out and they seek to leverage that with breast-beating over Europe.
This may work a little, but many in Britain don't really care about Ulster having decided a long time ago that the DUP are the authors of their own misfortune and deserve all the shit heaped upon them. The Tories will get no kudos from bailing them out.
If the UK carries on like this, I think the Republic would be justified in requesting US Army support at the border

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Mar 6th, 2021 at 09:17:09 AM EST

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