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Well, that went well

By Patrick Van Roy On July 8th, 2020

Guest Post Paul

July 2017 – leader of  DUP Westminster Parliamentary Party Nigel Dodds states : 

‘DUP will use Westminster influence to block Irish Sea border proposal’ stating – 

The DUP will not tolerate a border on the Irish Sea after Brexit that makes it more difficult to live, work and travel between different parts of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister has already reiterated this.

At Westminster we will continue to use the influence of our 10 MPs to ensure that respect for the integrity of the UK remains at the core of the negotiations process.

July 2020 – The UK government has submitted applications to the EU to create Border Control Posts (BCPs) at Northern Ireland’s ports

DUP Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister in a letter to DEFRA Secretary George Eustice, Mr Poots acknowledged there is a legal responsibility to create the BCPs.

Of course, the DUP’s first mistake was to trust any word that left the metaphorical mouth of Perfidious Albion

Oh well, never mind. The DUP got their hard border, just not where they thought it would be.

Bye, bye and close the door on the way out. Welcome to English nationalism and in all likelihood a very different United Kingdom in the next five to ten years.

22 Responses to “Well, that went well”

  1. As always, thanx a mil for your time and generosity, Pat.

  2. Me no understand.

  3. its UK Gov’t finally saying to Unionism , we’ve had enough of the belly-aching and we’re not going to be bullied by you, or appease you , or fill your coffers with hard-earned UK taxpayers money anymore.

  4. Mahons

    In a nutshell the Brexit agreement keeps Northern Ireland within the EU single market and – despite some chicanery, the Customs Union. The customs border is now between the 2 islands, not the Sovereign land border. Something the Unionists vowed would not happen. Well, it is happening. Legally N.I as part of the UK is out of the EU. Practically for purposes of trade it remains along with the Republic, within the single market of the EU.

  5. What is most surprising (not really) is that the DUP seemed to be the only people – in NI, the Republic and the UK – who actually believed the UK government would keep their word.

  6. Colm. Thanks.

  7. What is new here?

    Haven’t we known this for some months?

  8. sorry for the delay

  9. “Haven’t we known this for some months?”

    It was agreed months ago but the UK Government have been lying about the implications for months. They are only now starting to accept those implications.

  10. Phantom

    We have – but Paul just wants to bask in the DUP’s discomfort 🙂

  11. Haven’t we known this for some months?

    What’s new is that this makes it official That and that unionists are now crying ‘betrayal’ over the deal that they supported.

    NP Pat. Thanks for your time & (metaphorical) hospitality.

  12. If I’m understanding this correctly, the unionists wanted a hard land border which they are now not going to get, but are going to get a hard sea border between the whole of Ireland and the UK instead. Whoops.

  13. This was the best solution in a complicated situation.

    I’d think that most export oriented unionist business people are pretty satisfied with it, even if the professional complainers are not.

  14. This was the best solution in a complicated situation.

    I’d think that most export oriented unionist business people are pretty satisfied with it, even if the professional complainers are not.

  15. It does create problems with trade to and from Northern Ireland from Britain, problems that have not been addressed by the government.

    If you buy from Britain and sell to Britain as your main business then this is the worst outcome for you. If you buy and sell with the Republic then it is the best solution. Everyone else somewhere in between.

  16. Patrick

    Your post on the London tube bombing shows a photo of the Madrid train bombing.

  17. There would be some who sell to the rest of the EU.

    Very good for them.

    The Brexiters created this problem, so no Brexit supporter should complain about any of this.

  18. As evidence of the chicanery of unionism shouting betrayal here’s of those Westminster DUP MPs who slavishly sided with the Johnson government trying to blame an Alliance Party councillor for BCP’s at northern ports, which was what the DUP voted for:

    Sammy Wilson MP
    @eastantrimmp
    You promoted the Northern Ireland Protocol which places barriers between GB and NI. We tried to warn you. You own this!

    https://twitter.com/eastantrimmp/status/1275793442178809856

  19. I believe this allows NI to trade with both the EU and the UK which is an advantageous position. Maybe some mainland UK companies will move to NI or set up subsidiaries there to trade within the EU. Anybody know if this is the case?

  20. I believe it allows for tariff and custom charge free trade between N.I. and the Republic, and yes technically for legal reasons fees will be charged from N.I. to GB but will be reimbursed. A win win for N.I. exporters.

  21. I believe this allows NI to trade with both the EU and the UK which is an advantageous position

    My thoughts exactly. If handled properly this could well provide an economic tidal wave.

    Here’s an interesting one though,

    UK wants deal with EU over NI food supply

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53338687

    In the light of Britain not being subject to EU food quality regulations, particularly if a US trade deal requires the UK to lower their food standards to that of the US, will we see an all Ireland food realignment and less reliance in the North on food from Britain?

  22. Paul McMahon

    I think much of the food in NI supermarkets is sourced in NI or the RoI. That is based from my observations shopping in NI supermarkets. I doubt chlorinated chicken will find its way into NI supermarkets, at least I hope so!