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Sunday and the Week’s Media Stupid Statements July 14, 2019

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Away and taking a break, but this caught my eye earlier in the week.

Someone well known to this particular column (are there column’s on blogs?) actually makes some solid points in this piece on Brexit in the IT. For example, he points to the counter-productive manner in which various parties functioned in the positioning on the issue in the last few years – the DUP which refused to accept a ‘special status’ for NI in the EU, the over optimism of the remain camp given the actual disposition of forces in play in the UK which led to the admittedly flawed withdrawal agreement failing to gain any traction. But then:

Finally the Irish Government, with the backing of all the main parties in the Dáil, has clung doggedly to the backstop designed to prevent the return of a hard border on the island. The net result of that stance could be the imposition of the kind of border controls the backstop is supposed to prevent.

But that doesn’t make sense because if Collins is arguing previously that the withdrawal agreement was the only game in town for remainers of which the backstop is a functional part then that’s a basic contradiction. And no alternative offered – just this “any feasible proposal for avoiding a hard border needs to be explored” , perhaps because there is none. Oh well.

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1. EWI - July 14, 2019

And no alternative offered – just this “any feasible proposal for avoiding a hard border needs to be explored” , perhaps because there is none.

I wonder if maybe there are more ‘Irexiteers’ than we suppose, and hiding in plain sight. Or is it just about certain types who don’t view the GFA dispensation as something to be defended?

The WA+Backstop (or a complete revocation of Brexi) are the only options which should be countenanced here as regards good faith argumentation. Every other option is farther up the scale of disaster for the Irish public (north and south).

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