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Posts Tagged: Ireland
Daniel Hannan: Brexit will be a success, but swivel-eyed Remainers make the process more costly than it needs to be
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
Henry Newman: May is right – the EU cherry-picks whenever it is politically convenient. Brexit should be such a time.
From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
WATCH: Coveney says May’s speech was welcome – but “we know no more detail than we did about the border”
“We also welcome the fact that she renewed her commitment to the agreement before Christmas between the UK and the EU.”
The Belfast Agreement does not mandate the British Government to prioritise a ‘soft’ border over Ulster’s ties to the United Kingdom.
Andrew Lilico: Brussels has reneged on the Phase One deal – it’s time to walk away from the Brexit talks
The Government was very clear about what it agreed to on Northern Ireland last year, and the EU’s proposals are not compatible with it.
The Brexit negotiation. Raindrops keep falling on May’s head. But that doesn’t mean her eyes will soon be turning red.
Yes, the negotiation may break down. But some of the playing to the gallery has a ritual element about it, not unlike the staged theatrics of all-in wrestling.
What was sketched out yesterday, boiled down to essentials, sounds a lot like his Canada Plus Plus Plus. But no decision yet it seems on the Customs Union.
Garvan Walshe: To get real Brexit for Great Britain, the DUP should consent to Ulster staying in the Single Market and Customs Union
If there’s to be no border in Ireland, and Britain is to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, it follows that there must be a customs border on the Irish Sea.
For all its compromises and ambiguities, it is the only practicable means to hand of giving the province something approaching normalcy.
“Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured.” May’s security speech in Munich speech. Full text.
“If the priority becomes avoiding new cooperation with a country outside the EU, then this will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people.”
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein could persuade their communities to back the compromises necessary, they have not done so.
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Lee Rotherham: “The EU is a rules-based organisation.” Oh, really? Consider these ten examples to the contrary. And there’s more.
Let’s remind ourselves of a few occasions where the letter of the law has been lacking the odd dot or crossed T.