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Calling for "democratic consent" (no, really):

Theresa May plots assault on EU's Ireland Brexit demands - Politico EU

On this, the U.K. is prepared to negotiate -- but only if there are new democratic safeguards for Belfast, according to two senior U.K. officials.

"There will have to be some democratic consent (a key element of the Good Friday Agreement)," said one senior U.K. official.


A senior EU diplomat said the EU is "lukewarm" about the U.K.'s Northern Irish "consent" proposal, which is yet to be formally presented. The concern in Brussels and other EU capitals is that allowing Belfast's "consent" for future rule changes would be a hostage to fortune which could make the crisis caused by Belgian region Wallonia refusing to ratify the EU-wide trade deal with Canada look tame by comparison. The EU will not allow a situation where a third country can hold up its own regulatory changes.

Are Northern Ireland's leaders really "reliable partners?" asked one EU27 diplomat.

Northern Ireland, after all, has now been without a ruling executive for longer than Belgium was without a government in 2010-2011 -- and there is no sign of this changing before Britain leaves the EU in March. "London is going to have to make this decision," the diplomat said.

by Bernard on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 04:15:15 PM EST
< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 04:17:48 PM EST
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I'm no specialist of the Good Friday Agreement (I'm sure Frank can help), but it looks to me like it is creating quite a number of specific regulations, laws, etc... for Northern Ireland that are quite different from the rest of the UK. Yet no British PM, to my knowledge, has claimed they "could never accept" such disparities.

To be fair, I'm not expecting consistency from the Brexiters either.

by Bernard on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 04:21:53 PM EST
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There are divergences between N. Ireland and GB on abortion rights, same sex marriage, agricultural regulations and on "devolved matters" within the remit of the Stormont regime, if there is one. This concern about divergence is entirely related to the Tory's dependency on the DUP, and will pass very quickly when than dependency ends.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 04:45:48 PM EST
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I don't thing Ireland would have any difficulty with a proposal that any backstop would require some kind of "democratic consent" in N. Ireland. After all N. Ireland voted 56%-44% to remain in the EU and all parties claim they want an open border with the south.

The more interesting question is whether the DUP would buy this proposal - as any vote could expose their minority position on all EU related matters.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 04:33:26 PM EST
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well, there's yer rub, right there. The DUP are a massive electoral minority on economic matters in Ulster, yet somehow retain a crushing control of Ulster politics.

If Ulste wants to have a voice that is minded for its future it must abandon the voice of the 16th century. Cos all they can say is "NO"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 19th, 2018 at 08:36:31 PM EST
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The DUPs control is enabled in part by Sinn Fein's refusal to take up their Westminster seats.
by ectoraige on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 02:01:44 PM EST
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