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It's a mystery to me why he is prepared to ship so much diplomatic damage for a liability like the DUP and N. Ireland.

It's a bit like Putin shipping a lot of damage for a minor political figure like Navalny. Perhaps its a matter of personal ego as much as national pride. The British sausage has to be fought for  even if the |N. Irish make far better sausages for themselves.

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To understand what is going on with the Northern Ireland protocol we have to ask: why sausages? Why did Boris Johnson confront Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit over the weekend: "How would you like it if the French courts stopped you moving Toulouse sausages to Paris?"

The question, as it happens, makes no sense. The Saucisse de Toulouse is made all over France, so even in the unlikely event of a blockade, Parisians would have no trouble finding some for their cassoulets.

And as an emblem of the allegedly terrible deprivations inflicted on the plain people of Ulster by the protocol, the sausage seems, on the face of it, even less apt.

If we go back to February 2020, we will find a very different official story: that the protocol would be great for the Ulster sausage.

Why? Because Northern Ireland has lots of fine sausage-makers, including Karro Food in Cookstown, Cranswick in Ballymena and the wonderful Finnebrogue Artisan in Downpatrick.

Not only is the protocol not causing a sausage famine in the six counties, it is a great boon for these pork peddlers. Says who? Well how about the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, whose Minister is one Edwin Poots.

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In February 2020, Poots's department exultantly pointed to the great advantage that Northern Ireland sausage-makers would enjoy because of the protocol: unfettered exports to both Britain and the EU. There is in fact a huge opportunity for them. The UK was selling £17 million (€19.8m) of sausages a year to the EU, with almost half of that going to the Republic. Now, only Northern Ireland sausages can be sold to the EU. The protocol really puts the sizzle into this export trade.

So if you were going to pick out an object to epitomise the evils of the protocol, the last one should be the sausage. But the decision to bang on about bangers has nothing to do with ordinary logic - and that is precisely what makes this whole charade at once so ludicrous and so dangerous.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 18th, 2021 at 10:02:28 AM EST
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More to the point, and something that Macron apparently missed, reportedly answering that "Toulouse and Paris are in the same country": the main reason Toulouse sausages can be shipped to Paris without any control is that both cities are in the same EU Single Market.

Not only Toulouse and Paris: the same sausages can equally be shipped to Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, all the way to Helsinki (should they ever be interested in French sausages). They can also be shipped to Dublin without any border control and, from there even carry on to Belfast (again, should the locals ever take a fancy).

Interesting, heh? It's called the EU single market. Johnson might have heard of it.

(Or course, even if Saucisse de Toulouse is made all over France, the real deal can be found in the southwestern city by the Garonne river)

by Bernard on Fri Jun 18th, 2021 at 08:47:01 PM EST
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