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Frank: If the British Government wants to isolate Ireland within the European Union, it will have some work to do.

And having your coalition ally calling Varadker "a nutcase" is not going to help either.

by Bernard on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 09:12:17 PM EST
as with so many of their other fantasies, only the brexiteers think that they have useful leverage to turn Ireland into our ally against the EU

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:18:15 PM EST
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In many ways Ireland is a natural ally of the UK in the Brexit negotiations but not of the DUP and the DUP led-by-the-nose May government. The Irish government knows the UK government didn't give a shit about N. Ireland and wouldn't have given it a moments thought had Ireland not been able to to gain EU agreement to it's red lines on the border

But otherwise Ireland wants as soft a Brexit as possible. Irish food exporters are still critically dependent on the UK market and these exports will be subject to v. high (50%+) tariffs if WTO terms apply. The great fear of the Irish government is that its influence will wane as the talks move on to trade, and disappear almost altogether if the UK ends up crashing out without any deal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 11:01:33 PM EST
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Sammy Wilson is right.  There has been a change in tone in Dublin.  It is now much more assertive - see my diary The Changing balance of power. Varadker's style is also not to pussy foot around with the usual centrist meanly mouthed platitudes.  All of this has come as something of a shock to the DUP, who thought they had scored a major coup forcing Brexit on the majority in N. Ireland and holding May hostage. They will become increasingly nervous as May's term draws to a close and a government not beholden to them threatens to take power.

However none of this is doing Varadker any harm in the polls whatsoever, and any attacks on him by Farage or the DUP can only do Varadker(and the Irish position) good in Europe.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:49:33 PM EST
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