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"the responsibility of the United Kingdom"

Now comes interpretation from RTE of dramatic claims from unreliable UK interlocutors purporting STYMIED "negotiations" of the PMs in the past 2 years. Having uncritically accepted the supposition--invented by T. May for the delectation of rapid Tories--that "the deal" respecting the PROTOCOL ON IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND indefinitely imposes EU regulation on all of UK manufactures and territorial sovereignty ("teh union"), Mr Connelly reconsiders Johnson's denunciation of dissembling Tory "backstop" cant as compared to the actual, legal text of the WA in part.  

Brexit Gamble: Boris Johnson and the Northern Ireland-only backstop, 14 Sep.

"The landing zone is clear to everyone: we need to find a way of ensuring that UK [as a whole] is not locked in the backstop arrangement whilst giving Ireland the assurances it needs."
'Twas never the case. Nearly every word of the Protocol affirms the UK sovereign responsibility to ensure goods produced in NI for EU export are fit for EU consumption as are any goods. There is no case for unconditional import of goods by EU 27 or any gov on the planet.
[EU Commissioner] Hogan suggested the EU could strengthen some of the reassurances already contained in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Article 1 of the Irish Protocol states: "This Protocol is without prejudice to the provisions of the 1998 [Good Friday] Agreement regarding the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and the principle of consent, which provides that any change in that status can only be made with the consent of a majority of its people."

ie. No "annexation" of Northerm Ireland implied or expressedly created by UK agreement to the WA. Which is why, when the WA expires or the UK fail to agree to the WA, third country status of UK includes NI (Article 6).

Moreover the preamble of the protocol reiterates:

RECALLING that the Joint Report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union of 8 December 2017 outlines three different scenarios for protecting North-South cooperation and avoiding a hard border, but that this Protocol is based on the third scenario of maintaining full alignment with those rules of the Union's internal market and the customs union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement, to apply unless and until an alternative arrangement implementing another scenario is agreed,
"all-island" in the singular, excluding Britain. No wonder EU gov holds fast. UK "constitution" is unable or unwilling to meet the simplest of tests for bi-lateral trade agreement ("future relationship").

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 12:43:07 AM EST
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