I voted remain and donít want a no deal. But Iím not going to jump on the all is doom with a no deal bandwagon.
Ultimately we voted to leave as a whole and if that means with a no deal then so be it.
It's going to be absolutely brilliant for N. Ireland, the border and the Good Friday Agreement.
But sure, so be it.
I wonít pretend to know why as I know nothing of the troubles there (unlike stan
). So this is a genuine question. Why? Surely it doesnít have to mean the end of the peace out there does it?
The troubles in N. Ireland lasted 30 years and cost over 3,500 lives. The beauty of the Good Friday Agreement was that there was no winners or losers. Both sides compromised and as a result both sides were able to sell it to the hardliners.
Crucial to that was the removal of the border checkpoints and the british army from the streets. This has led to a return to normality.
We can now travel up and down and across the country freely without hindrance.
However it is impossible for britain to deliver bojo's version of brexit without breaching not only the Good Friday Agreement but also the Withdrawal Agreement. This was in an Irish newspaper today.
"Section 10(2)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 explicitly commits the UK not
to ďcreate or facilitate border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after exit day which feature physical infrastructure, including border posts, or checks and controls, that did not exist before exit day and are not in accordance with an agreement between the United Kingdom and the EUĒ.
This could not be clearer: what is ruled out is not just posts on the border but any infrastructure, any checks, and any controls that do not currently exist.
This, remember, is not just an Irish or EU demand. It has been the official British line all throughout this process. The whole backstop problem arises, not as some kind of dastardly Irish or European plot, but because Britain just canít live up to this commitment if Northern Ireland leaves either the single market or the customs union".
Bojo proposed deal, will in effect be tearing up the Good Friday Agreement and what was agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement. Also his ridiculous idea of giving the DUP a veto over future decisions relating to N. Ireland would be laughable if it wasn't so dangerous. That's the same DUP that was the only party in N. Ireland to oppose the Good Friday Agreement.
Does any of the above strike you of the actions of an honest broker which is meant to be the role of the british (and irish) governments in relation to the GFA?
The peace process will be over simply because britain has decided to completely ignore its commitments to it.