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Interesting interview with Jonathan Powell last night, who was a senior member of the team who negotiated the original Good Friday Agreement.

He explained very soberly that are only two alternatives available within the GFA. Either Ulster remains in the Customs Union along with Britain, or there is a customs border in the middle of the Irish Sea.

The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden b an international treaty ratified by the UN.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:01:41 PM EST
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The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden by an international treaty ratified by the UN.

I really, really, doubt Boris and the rest of the Tories give two goddamns about the GFA, as such.  If they feel it is in their interest to break it, they will.  If they feel it is in their interest to keep it, they.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:18:48 PM EST
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will.

:-)


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:19:10 PM EST
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breaking international treaties like that has consequences. It's one thing to allow A50 to lapse, it's entirely another to bugger with a peace treaty at the UN.

Especially when Congress have indicated they will not tolerate any fucking about of Ireland and te GFA by the UK. If Boris wants a trade deal with the US, he's got to be nice wto dublin.

But right now, the brexiteers are in full "Britannia waives the rules, you never have to say you're sorry when you're English" mode and Boris is burning bridges as fast as he can strike the matches

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:34:17 PM EST
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Of course it has consequences.  

But we deal with the Real World, in the Real World.

Boris?  Not so much.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:43:06 PM EST
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