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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 19th, 2022 at 10:23:44 AM EST
Look who's coming to town:

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat May 21st, 2022 at 05:59:02 PM EST
The DUP seems pretty confident it can bully Nancy Pelosi around.

Jeffrey Donaldson, a member of Parliament and leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, said the protocol itself is undermining the peace process because it threatens the key principles of the Good Friday Accords, also known as the Belfast Agreement.

"If Nancy Pelosi wants to see the agreement protected, then she needs to recognize that it is the protocol that is harming and undermining the agreement," Donaldson said. "And that is why we need to deal with it."

by asdf on Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 03:10:53 PM EST
I'll give him credit for Chutzpah. He and the DUP have spent the majority of its life bitterly opposed to the Good Friday Agreement, and expect now to be taken seriously as defenders of it!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 08:10:20 PM EST
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NI protocol and political manoeuvring

Sir, - To what degree is the NI protocol being used as a diversionary tactic by the DUP and certain elements within the Tory party?

 In the case of the DUP, it provides Jeffrey Donaldson with the excuse to avoid the election of a Sinn Féin First Minister and the symbolism that would entail.

Liz Truss seems to have overtaken Rishi Sunak as the front-runner to replace Mr Johnson as Tory party leader and PM. As part of her leadership bid, and to endear herself with the European Research Group faction of the Tory party, Liz Truss is using the protocol to provoke a reaction from the EU, thus enhancing her pro-Brexit credentials.

Mr Johnson, of course, is using the protocol to divert attention away from the many failings of his premiership.

All of the above people have deliberately overlooked the majority acceptance that exists in Northern Ireland for the protocol. The unique trading and commercial benefits accruing from the protocol are now fully understood and appreciated by the people living there.

Accordingly, one is entitled to question whether the protocol has become the latest "dead cat strategy" of elements within Tory party? - Yours, etc,

MICK O'BRIEN,
Springmount,
Kilkenny.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 22nd, 2022 at 11:28:04 PM EST
as their lead letter by the Belfast based Irish news a full two weeks after I sent it in.
Time to wield the big stick.
02 June, 2022 00:59


The Boris Johnson government has once again signalled its intention to break international law and its treaty obligations to the EU by introducing domestic legislation to override parts of the protocol and to annul the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over protocol related matters. This is in addition to its current unilateral and illegal extension of grace periods on protocol implementation and its failure to honour agreements on data sharing and building facilities for goods inspections.

Boris Johnson has stated that he doesn't think the EU will retaliate in any way. He could be forgiven for forming this conviction because the EU paused legal actions to redress current UK flouting of the protocol and has continued to talk meekly about addressing any issues which might arise out of the implementation of the protocol.

He also has the chutzpah to claim that the protocol lacks support in the Northern Ireland despite 56 per cent of the electorate voting for pro-protocol parties with the main anti-protocol party, the DUP, reduced to 21 per cent of the vote. He has continued to side openly with the DUP despite the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement requiring the UK government to act impartially and give equality of esteem to both political traditions in the north.

One of the main benefits of Brexit was always supposed to be the scrapping of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies on agricultural produce and their replacement by cheaper food sourced on world markets. The fact that this would fatally undermine British agriculture is of little concern to Conservatives because of its small contribution to British GDP, but agriculture is a much more important component of the Northern Ireland economy and society.  How will Northern Ireland farmers fare when faced with cheaper imports from abroad and from CAP subsidised Irish farmers?

The EU is an alliance of states based on trust, the adherence to treaties and the rule of law. It has no army to enforce its treaties. The maintenance of EU food quality and security standards has always been an important component of its commitment to European farmers, consumers and the general economy. If the EU will not now act to protect its laws, security and economies then what is the point of the EU?

If the EU wants to be taken seriously by Boris Johnson et al, it will have to act decisively in defence of its legitimate interests.

The time for talking softly is over. It is time for the EU to wield the big stick of trade sanctions until Boris Johnson realises that breaking the withdrawal agreement and the Belfast Good Friday Agreement carries a huge cost for the UK as a whole.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 09:24:57 PM EST
Possibly the first of many Conservative Party trial balloons about re-entry into the EU.

One supposes that in the long run, the UK (or whatever remains of it a decade from now) being a minor appendage to the second-largest of the global economic blocs might not work out all that well. As has been discussed ad infinitum. But as the predicted side effects materialize:

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, argued there is an "appetite" to make "course corrections" to the current model, claiming recent polling suggests "this is not the Brexit most people imagined".

It is interesting to read the articles where British globetrotters complain about passport delays and border queues. Probably the majority of pro-Brexit voters were in the "I'll take my holiday in Bournemouth thank you very much" crowd, and could not care less about passports or border queues.

by asdf on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 02:44:46 PM EST

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