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A predictable negative response…. October 14, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

As the dust settles after the bilateral meeting last week between the British and Irish PMs, who comes staggering out with the following?

“It is simple. Are we being treated the same as England? No, we are not. Therefore, if we are not being treated the same as England, then we are not going to accept it,” he said.

Why none other than DUP MP Jim Shannon. And it looks as the IT says this morning that the DUP are hardening their position. Which is no great surprise, they’ve never been ones to go out ahead. Still, it does point out the hollowness of their rhetoric last week

For then they were saying:

…the Democratic Unionist Party accused the Government of adopting a “Dublin Says No” mentality.
“It seems the ‘not an inch’ approach in Dublin will lead to no deal. How times have changed. Its now a case of ‘Dublin Says No’. The DUP has worked with [Boris Johnson] to place a reasonable proposal on the table. It may not be perfect but it’s a fair deal,” said DUP MP Sammy Wilson.
“It recognises our unique situation and respects the referendum result,” he said. The DUP wants a sensible deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland. In every negotiation there must be give and take.The Irish prime minister must realise that we will not support Northern Ireland being held to ransom by either Dublin or Brussels,” he added.

Okay, in fairness the above is from Sammy Wilson, not a man overly acquainted with temperate political interventions. But the manner in which he repurposes the rhetoric of unionism to attack Dublin is telling. Fascinating to see them taking a leaf out of the Trump/Johnson playbook in relation to that.

That said the fact that negative response noted above is only manifesting itself slowly does show they are aware of the dangers given what they said and have demanded in the last few weeks.

Which of course is a side issue and leaves one none the wiser as to the outcomes…


1. An Sionnach Fionn - October 14, 2019

“…if we are not being treated the same as England, then we are not going to accept it.”

Abortion, equal marriage, respect for LGBTQ communities, unarmed police, etc. etc. aside.

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WorldbyStorm - October 14, 2019

It is astounding hypocrisy.

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2. CL - October 15, 2019

The DUP has accepted a regulatory border between Britain and NI; meaning all-Ireland would remain in the Single Market.
So there is a certain inconsistency in their opposition to being , de facto, within the EU Customs Union while remaining, de jure, in the UK customs zone.

“Yesterday, Ulster Unionist chairman Lord Empey criticised the DUP after deputy leader Nigel Dodds attempted to distance his party from the deal being mooted between Mr Johnson’s government and Brussels.
Lord Empey said: “Having realised their monumental blunder the DUP are now trying to run away. The DUP opened the floodgates by agreeing and advocating a regulatory border in the Irish Sea. This was the green light that Dublin and Brussels were waiting for.”

“The difficulty with the DUP position is that the party has already accepted EU single market alignment in terms of regulatory standards – so the logic in opposing an EU customs union or customs partnership is less apparent. You can make a good case that regulatory alignment is as of much salience as a customs union.”

There are some serious questions whether the Johnson ‘Schrodinger’ proposals will be approved by the EU, or by the HoC.
Another time extension?

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3. WorldbyStorm - October 15, 2019

Schrodinger indeed! 🙂


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