Nation states can act decisively when they wish to do so: the EU seems paralysed.
Posts Tagged: Ireland
It’s deeply disturbing for many that a modern European democracy might shortly be led by a party that continues to have its strategy overseen by an Army Council.
No Deal 1) There is a green fly in the red, white and blue ointment. Or the other way round, if you prefer.
The lack of an agreed border with Ireland makes “an Australian-style settlement” more unlikely than would otherwise be the case.
At the least, we can expect reduced growth worldwide – and a more expansionary Budget next month.
Stephen Booth: Checks in the Irish Sea. What they are, why the UK and EU disgree about them – and how they could wreck the talks
For the Protocol to work over the long-term, broad-based political consent for it must be gained then retained.
David Gauke: Javid, Smith, Cox. Three fine Ministers fired – so that Number Ten could take back even more control.
But is a system of government whereby all power is concentrated in Downing Street likely to result in that power being well used?
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
As long as their activists call them “colonialists” and candidates glorify the IRA, the idea is as convincing as a Hannukah greeting from Jeremy Corbyn.
Their negotiating stance is often very aggressive and unyielding. They will seek to cause maximum damage at a critical time.
Of course the result is a bad one. But we encourage the party to co-govern in Northern Ireland, so can scarcely object if now does so too in the Irish Republic.
Harmonisation flies in the face of global trends towards equivalence rather than the highly legalistic regulatory formula favoured by the Union.
An extremist party is gaining support – from those wishing to protest housing shortages and hospital overcrowding.
It’s only Day Three – but Brussels is angling for a Britain with “the rights of Canada and the obligations of Norway”. Will there be a Managed No Deal instead?
“Nothing will change” after 31 January, and it will be “very difficult” to secure a trade deal by the end of 2020, says Ireland’s Europe Minister.
The second piece in our new mini-series looks at the strange bedfellows and hard choices for unionists, nationalists, Leavers and Remainers alike.