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Bojo concedes the unthinkable

Boris Johnson appears to be on the brink of reaching a Brexit deal after making major concessions to EU demands over the Irish border.
A draft text of the agreement could now be published on Wednesday if Downing Street gives the final green-light, according to senior EU and British sources.
It is understood that the negotiating teams have agreed in principle that there will be a customs border down the Irish Sea. The arrangement was rejected by Theresa May as a deal that no British prime minister could accept.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:06:14 PM EST
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Johnson will still have to win over parliament - including the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) and the hardline Tory Brexiters, the European Research Group - on the basis that, under the deal, Northern Ireland will still legally be within the UK's customs territory.
"Northern Ireland would de jure be in the UK's customs territory but de facto in the European Union's," one diplomatic source said of the tentative agreement.

Remember de facto relationships? They were all the rage in the 1970s.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:09:03 PM EST
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Appeasing the goat and the cabbage

This will end SO well.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:20:30 PM EST
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Exactly!

ERG: I hear their knees buckling.

Boris: "Ladies are not for turning."

Boris was in a real bind, kept close contact with DUP leadership, kept his cabinet ministers in the dark. The UK-EU legal texts are presently being written in a top secret location. No leaks. Sometime tomorrow morning the text will become available to the EU-27 foreign ministers or heads of government.

by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:21:33 PM EST
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Yeah? They're still the rage.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:02:26 PM EST
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I'm not talking about the thing itself, but about the term.

When was the last time you heard someone presented thus : "This is my er de facto"...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:19:00 AM EST
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o, I read a half dozen times.

I've unleashed de facto and de jure as appropriate, here and other ahh Government Buildings, typically, where US-Eng. speakers make no distinction between de facto and "common-law" spouse.

But since I live alone now, I wait for holidays to exchange such verbal barbs with my brother.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:52:19 AM EST
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French lacks a pithy epithet for civil-contract non-married spouses.
So we got married in the end. Who needs better reasons?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:09:40 AM EST
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because UK visualization of "sovereignty" is fucking puerile.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:04:19 PM EST
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"Of course I knew from the beginning that we were going to have to throw NI under the bus." -- Boris Johnson autobiography, 2040.
by asdf on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:49:28 PM EST
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Who doesn't enjoy a duty-free shop?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 08:05:45 PM EST
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