Post by James Harris Post by Ian Jackson Post by Ophelia
I see the EU is backing the ROI now:)
A No Deal option is looming large:))
I'm astounded at the naivety and lack of knowledge about the 'Irish
situation'. This extends to LBC's Iain Dale this evening, and some of
his callers. They seemed to have little knowledge about the Good Friday
Agreement, and what it guarantees for the inhabitants of that troubled
island. They simply could not understand that as things stand, a
frictionless border is impossible between an EU country and a non-EU
country, and accused the Irish PM of simply wanting to cause trouble if
he were to raise any objections to any settlement. Absolutely pathetic.
The formation of the GFA was impossible. But it got formed anyway.
The formation of the GFA was not impossible. Both jursisdictions were part of
the World's largest Single Market and Customs Union. Dispensing with the
border's security apparatus accordingly rendered the border invisible.
And the CTA alone did not a Customs Union make as the picture from this site
One or other country outside of the SM and CU means a border.
Post by James Harris
You might be surprised at what can become possible when people work
together. Willingness to do so is more effective than the Leo's current
I think it was Eddie Mair a few days ago inviting a DUP politician to cite a
single example of an invisible border where the two countries weren't in a
common Customs Union. No example was forthcoming. The politician did try to cite
Norway, but Mair quickly pointed out Norway was in the SM.
Brexit genius, Daniel J Hannan, thought he had it figured:
By Oli Smith PUBLISHED: 13:14, Thu, Jul 28, 2016
'Europe is suffering Brexit turmoil, not us' Tory MEP insists Eurocrats
CONSERVATIVE MEP Daniel Hannan has told the BBC that Britain
has the upper hand in Brexit negotiations, insisting that the country
is going "global" while Europe is suffering devastating decline.
Meanwhile Mr Paterson promises "electronic solutions" as a cure for all ills:
Paterson also claims it is "ludicrous" to suggest that Brexit could
pose any threat to the peace process or result in a new border being
built overnight between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
He also argues that the common travel area arrangements which exist
between the UK and the Republic which mean there are no passport
controls between the two jurisdictions would continue and that
"electronic" solutions - which already exists across Europe - would be
put in place for cross-border trade.
But who is it that is simply horrified, and probably rightly so, at this
electronic friction-free loveliness? Answer the DUP.
One proposal was to move this lovely electronic and frictionless border to the
Irish Sea. The DUP apparently don't see the transparency and frictionless beauty
in such arrangements and are threatening to scupper any deal.
Anyone with basic understanding of international trade will get their heads
around the inextricable link between sovereignty and trade. That is because you
buy from a country and you will insist that country adheres to certain rules.
Sell to a country and that country will ask you to adhere to certain rules. A
300% tariff from Make America Great Again's unelected trading commision awaits
those silly enough to think otherwise.