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Posts Tagged: Republic of Ireland
David Shiels: By talking up a No Deal Irish border poll, Ministers are playing into Sinn Fein’s hands
The topic is being discussed – including at Cabinet – but that in itself is not convincing evidence that such a major change is imminent.
The Taoiseach was speaking ahead of today’s talks with Theresa May and Northern Irish political leaders.
She sought to reassure the “many people…worried about what Parliament’s rejection of the withdrawal deal means for them.”
He talks Brady, Norway, prorogation, and postponing Article 50, and explains why the ERG is “not a fourth party”. Plus: does the Queen listen to the Moggcast?
The Withdrawal Agreement is far from ideal, but strip it of its worst fault – the backstop – and we can build a viable majority to proceed.
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister is blunt: “We have already agreed to a series of compromises.”
Only 13 of the more than 100 colleagues who are publicly opposed have said that their position is solely based on that aspect of the plan.
Tony Connelly describes in painful detail the success of Irish negotiators in aligning themselves with the EU27, while leaving the Brits to flounder.
Also: Welsh Labour choose their new leader (and First Minister) this afternoon; Scottish Tories attack SNP over tax divergence plans.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.
“Unlike the previous political declarations, the scope for delay, fudge or obscurantist language has passed. This is now a time for clarity and plain speaking.”
With the backstop blocking progress in the negotiations, the Government must map out its plan to mitigate the effects of no agreement being reached.
David Shiels: Brexit, Northern Ireland, and borders. Why the DUP may yet break ranks with May – and force a general election
The issue of the backstop is becoming more heated and harder to navigate as time goes by.
Theresa Villiers: The ERG’s solution to the Irish border opens the door to a wide-ranging free trade agreement
Now we will find out if the EU really is seeking practical progress, or if it is cynically exploiting the issue as a way to seek leverage.