It might allow Sturgeon to focus on the progressive, europhile case for independence whilst Salmond rallies leavers and cultural conservatives.
Posts Tagged: Simon Coveney TD
Stephen Booth: Brexit-related concerns about a Biden presidency are overblown. The reality is more nuanced.
From wanting to tackle climate change, to striving for greater security cooperation, the PM and US president share many of the same goals.
Stephen Booth: The Brexit trade talks, the romance and realities of fishing, and its crucial importance for Scotland
Macron has been steadfast in his belief that the EU should stand firm on access to UK waters. He may be forced to compromise, however.
The Irish foreign minister attacks the language deployed by Downing Street as “spin, and not the truth”, speaking instead of ‘limited checks’.
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister is blunt: “We have already agreed to a series of compromises.”
In which the EU’s Chief Negotiator displays exactly the “magical thinking” that is decried when Brexiteers undertake it.
We need a new strategic partnership with Ireland. At the moment, that end seems endlessly remote.
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.
The architect of Universal Credit is deeply sceptical that the Government could design and implement a completely new system in time.
“Last December there was a clear agreement… that there would be no border infrastructure of any kind.”
The DUP’s Westminster Leader says the Irish border issue is being exploited by people who want “to thwart leaving the EU if they can”.
Also: Commons gives Bradley the power to cut MLA’s pay – but the Government insists that it isn’t introducing direct rule.
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.”
Brexit. How Britain’s lack of interest in Ireland, and Ireland’s lack of imagination about Britain, join to threaten disaster
Dublin likes to cite the Belfast Agreement, and we certainly all need what it exemplified – that’s to say, a good old-fashioned face-saving fudge.
Ireland’s displeasure is understandable. But it could prove counter-productive – working against the free trade deal that would suit it as well as the UK.