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Northern Ireland arrangements.

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:51 pm
by bindeweede
"European trucks will drive on the right & UK trucks will drive on the left in the new Northern Ireland arrangements," as proposed by David Davis MP. :mrgreen:

Not really

Re: Northern Ireland arrangements.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:24 am
by Tony.Williams
That makes about as much sense as some of the suggestions... :roll:

Re: Northern Ireland arrangements.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:45 pm
by Tony.Williams
I see that David Davis has had to admit that the "max fac" favoured of Brexiters is a non-starter, so he's come up with another one which has already been dismissed. All that kicking of the can down the road has now got us to the place where a solid concrete wall is built across that road.

I had to groan on reading that the DUP is flatly refusing to consider any proposal which would cross their "red line" by treating Northern Ireland any differently from the rest of the UK. Yup, can't have any differences in basic human rights issues either, can we, like gay marriage or abortions... :devil

Re: Northern Ireland arrangements.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:28 pm
by Tony.Williams
PS an up-to-date summary from the excellent Irish Times: ... -1.3516829 :hat

Re: Northern Ireland arrangements.

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:32 am
by Tony.Williams
More from the Irish Times today: ... -1.3517964
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has said the Brexit position of Britain’s government amounted to “a very British coup”. Mr Howlin said he believed the British government does not have the support of its parliament for its Brexit strategy. He also called for prime minister Theresa May to demonstrate her mandate for her position on the issue.

“It is entirely unclear that the positions being pursued by the British government have the support from the British parliament. What evidence we have suggests not. It appears too that the British government thinks so too. Having been defeated 15 times in the House of Lords the British government is yet to bring the EU Withdrawal Bill to the House of Commons ,” Mr Howlin said.

Mr Howlin, who is also Labour spokesman on foreign affairs and Northern Ireland, made the remarks in a statement issued on Saturday.
His comments come amid ongoing ridicule of a proposal from Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis to create a 16km buffer zone around the Border following Brexit. Mr Davis’s latest plan would give Northern Ireland joint UK and EU status so it could trade freely with both, as well as a buffer zone to eliminate the need for Border checkpoints with the Republic.

The proposals were roundly dismissed by Irish Government figures, members of the British parliament and the DUP, which urged the Tories to stop coming up with “half-cooked ideas” on how to deal with the Border question. Pro-EU MPs have accused the British government of “making it up as they go along” when it comes to the issue.

“The May government is refusing to advance its own Trade and Customs Bill in the House of Commons . . . because it fears defeat at the hands of Conservative rebels and Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats,” Mr Howlin said. “Meanwhile, the EU is obliged to engage with a British government whose extreme Brexit position draws no mandate either from the people in the referendum or Westminster. With the key [European Council] summit coming up in the next month, I see no way whereby Ireland can assent to progress on talks. It is time for Britain and its parliament to get its act together. If Ms May has a mandate for her position, let her prove it. Ireland has suffered once too often at the hands of internal Conservative Party machinations,” Mr Howlin said.