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Posts Tagged: Ireland
Bim Afolami: Why I am joining the Commission seeking Alternative Arrangements for the Northern Ireland border
If you are sceptical, I understand. I was too. But this is the only viable way forward.
Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky and Jonathan Werran: Brexit gives the chance to have full fiscal devolution. Let’s take it.
Through tax competition, we could truly have a real Northern Powerhouse and give cities in the north a fairer chance against London and the south east.
Nicky Morgan: If Tory MPs want May not to rely on Labour, then they know what they must do. Pass her deal as it stands.
We have just 17 days from tomorrow now to do what voters told us to do on the doorsteps last Thursday – namely, ‘get Brexit sorted’.
Steve Baker: What madness is this that a Conservative Prime Minister would rather negotiate with Corbyn than deliver on democracy?
All that passing May’s deal would do is lose the DUP, split the Party, boost Farage, and usher in an election. And the deal is bad in any event.
Stanley Johnson: Unplugging or unscrambling? Lamy, high priest of harmonisation, sets out a Brexit choice.
I see the former WTO director and Delors chef de Cabinet return to the unresolved debate about high or low alignment.
Nicky Morgan: Why the Northern Ireland backstop need not be permanent – and leave no hard border when it ends
The EU has already opened the door to starting discussions about such alternative arrangements the minute that the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.
Also: Dublin urged to ‘come clean’ over support for IRA during the Troubles; Welsh tax powers come into force; and Salmond inquiry tells Sturgeon not to destroy evidence.
If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
Tacking a customs union on to May’s deal will make no difference to it – at least, if you’re a Unionist
The point is that we’re already signed up to a form of one under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. That’s what the backstop’s all about.
The EU asks: what do you want? But the Commons has said what it wants. Namely, the so-called Brady Amendment.
Precisely because it would be a rather unnecessary addition to the current deal, it is hard to argue that the proposal would be a disaster for Brexit.
He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.
“It was always totally unrealistic for the prime minister to pretend that she could drop the backstop entirely”.
In order to ensure that the Conservative Party remains able to govern effectively, I have concluded that, despite its faults, I will vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.