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NI-Only: Boris As Escape Artist

by Oui Thu Sep 19th, 2019 at 04:59:49 AM EST

Humiliated in Luxembourg by a PM of the tiniest nation ...

Boris Johnson given two-week EU deadline for Irish backstop plan

With his back against an EU wall, limited in options by the House of Commons, threat of another blow by the UK's Supreme Court, Boris route to safety lies in making a deal and NI leadership and Ireland's Varadkar must get their act together. There is no more deadline extension in the offing from the EU. Even German industry leaders voice their concern for another delay, uncertainty and further costs. Just get it over with ... we're fed up with political deadlock.

DUP appears to soften stance on accepting EU regulations to make a NI-only backstop possible and a last-minute Brexit withdrawal with a deal.

More elow the fold ...

Arlene Foster signals DUP shift on Northern Ireland border issue | The Guardian |

The Democratic Unionist party's leader, Arlene Foster, has signalled it is ready to do a Brexit deal, indicating for the first time a willingness to accept a bespoke solution for Northern Ireland.

She was speaking just hours before she held an "unplanned" meeting with the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, amid signs of a Brexit thaw between Belfast and Dublin.

In a break with previous rhetoric where she has strongly opposed treating the region differently to the rest of the UK, Foster said the final deal would have to recognise Northern Ireland's unique historical and geographical position and the fact it will be the UK's only land border with the EU.

Asked by reporters if it was possible to see Northern Ireland-only solutions that would not affect the constitutional link with Great Britain, she replied: "Well I hope so."

That, combined with other comments she made before a dinner with business executives in Dublin, will be seen as pushing the door ajar for a deal.

The 45-minute meeting with Varadkar was fitted it in unexpectedly afterwards. "They discussed Brexit and the need for the restoration of devolution [at Stormont]," said the DUP.

She made clear that her idea of an acceptable Northern Ireland-only solution was different to mooted proposals for a Northern Ireland-only backstop, which she said "would bring about customs [checks] between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and that is unconstitutional and undemocratic".

But she said the solution would recognise that Northern Ireland was unique and bespoke arrangements may be an option, something Sinn Féin has demanded since the referendum.

"What we want to see happening is a recognition that we are on an island. We recognise the unique history and geography, I think to go back to my language of 10 August," she said.

"We have to recognise that we are in the UK and sometimes I think people forget that."

She said her party was looking for a "sensible deal" and it never wanted to inflict no deal on the region.

"The presentation of the DUP as a 'no deal' party is wrong. People get very alarmed when they see that sort of rhetoric, We do want to see a deal but it has to be a deal that works for everybody," she said.

The backstop has the support of industry and farmers, who have said that no deal could have disastrous outcomes for Northern Ireland. The Stormont economy department has said it could cost 40,000 jobs.

Echoing words of the party's chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson earlier this week, she said the solution lay in a joint letter she co-authored with the late leader of Sinn Féin, Martin McGuinness, in August 2016, a document rarely referred to by the DUP in the past two years.

A week ago ...

There's this thing about liars ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 19th, 2019 at 05:21:17 AM EST
Despite her party's name, Arlene is a late convert to the idea of democracy and the need for the consent of both communities to any major changes in the status quo in N. Ireland. Where was this concern for bi-partisan support after 56% of voters (including 40% of unionists) had voted to Remain?

The fact is that "democracy" for unionists was always about unionist democracy: nationalists didn't count. But now she is in the uncomfortable position of finding that the Irish Government, too, can say no, and has an effective veto on any Brexit deal she and Boris might propose.

Whatever way you dress it up, the Customs Union and Single Market has to be protected and that means regulatory alignment and effective Customs controls somewhere between Britain and the EU, and they won't be at the Irish land border. Over to you Arlene...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 19th, 2019 at 08:21:16 AM EST
Call the Backstop something else and place the border controls in the British ports, and voila it is a brand new ballgame, not at all like the Withdrawal Agreement May negotiated.
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 05:43:06 PM EST
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Maybe she's realizing the Great Ulster Gerrymander has run its course and to survive she must display a power King Canute once graphically ridiculed: holding back the tide.
by rifek on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 08:47:25 PM EST
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Jean Claude haphazardly looking for a going-away present ... had a positive meeting with "friend" Boris the other day ... such a nice British chap!

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker tells Sky's Sophy Ridge that a Brexit deal can happen - video

British Pound jumps after EU's Juncker is optimistic about a Brexit deal | CNBC |

The British pound jumped on Thursday after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he is confident a Brexit deal will get passed before the deadline.

"I think we can have a deal," Juncker said in an interview with Sky News. "I am doing everything to have a deal because I don't like the idea of a no-deal because I think this would have catastrophic consequences for at least one year."

The pound rose 0.68% to 1.2553 against the dollar.

Juncker said he met with Prime Minster Boris Johnson and Juncker received documents from Johnson outlining ideas for a new Brexit deal, although he hasn't read the proposal yet.

Chart Pound Sterling

Apparently Jean Claude was thrilled upon receiving the non-papers from Downing Street 10.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 06:55:52 AM EST
If stability is your goal, Bitcoin probably a better option than UKP at present.
by asdf on Sat Sep 21st, 2019 at 03:36:24 PM EST
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Britain sends Brexit ideas in 'non-papers' to Brussels.    

London Letter: EU signals no role in talks for Stormont, that London must make decision

Downing Street's room for Brexit manoeuvre narrows | Irish Times |

D owning Street left much of Westminster bewildered on Thursday with an update on talks with Brussels over finding an alternative to the Northern Ireland backstop.

"We have been having detailed discussions with the commission's Taskforce 50 in recent weeks. We have now shared in written form a series of confidential technical non-papers which reflect the ideas the UK has been putting forward. We will table formal written solutions when we are ready, not according to an artificial deadline, and when the EU is clear that it will engage constructively on them as a replacement for the backstop," said a Downing Street spokesman.

No 10 made clear later that a non-paper meant that whatever was proposed did not represent the British government's formal position


The mood at Westminster was upbeat at the start of this week until Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier made clear to Johnson over lunch in Luxembourg on Tuesday that the EU's red lines remain firm. DUP leader Arlene Foster boosted expectations of a deal on Wednesday when she signalled her party's willingness to consider regulatory alignment with the EU in areas beyond the agrifood sector.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 08:01:02 AM EST
I think the notion of the Non-paper may be the only interesting thing to come out of the entire Brexit fiasco. Kind of like the sound of one hand clapping or the path is the destination or the obstacle is the path, etc. An ungoverned unelected government based on an unwritten constitution issuing non-papers to vaguely address an undefined obstacle so as to avoid a solution to a problem that has no reason to exist. Om om om.
by Andhakari on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 01:44:24 PM EST
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Except twitter#CivilService has established the term is not NEW! To-The-World of diplomatic speech and not peculiar to Bo-BREXIT fanfiction...

unless one remembers the library of UK position papers on the "future partnership" that was never scheduled by EU to occur until after BREXIT.

Remember how EU used to publish meeting agenda for the UK? in a color-coded ACTION! list format?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 08:04:02 PM EST
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Tánaiste: Ireland won't be 'collateral damage' to Brexit deal | TheJournal.ie |

Britain is racing toward its 31 October departure without an exit agreement and faces the threat of economic disruption that the government admits could cause food shortages and spark civil unrest.

Barclay and Barnier discussed three papers submitted by London with ideas on replacing the so-called `backstop' provisions in the Brexit deal struck last year but rejected by British lawmakers.

"There is significant work still to do but there are serious discussions that are taking place," Barclay said after the talks.

    "We are moving forward with momentum, talks
    will continue next week between the technical teams."

However, the European Commission, which leads Brexit talks for the remaining 27 member states, gave a more sober assessment, stressing that the British papers amounted to no more than "a first set of concepts, principles and ideas".


This meeting comes after Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that Ireland is aware of the consequences of a no-deal but it won't be "collateral damage" to any Brexit deal.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Coveney said: "The Irish position is that we want to find a solution, we want to get a deal, and we want to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly and sensible manner but we cannot let Ireland be the collateral damage of that.

Coveney was responding to comments made by Barclay, who had suggested that the alternative solution to the backstop may not be needed until the end of 2020.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 20th, 2019 at 05:20:31 PM EST
These are the "non-papers" twitter world was laughing at last week?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 11:19:29 PM EST
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