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Blockades? October 15, 2020

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The SBP had this at the weekend, a piece which argued:

The British government has dropped its widely ridiculed claim that the EU was considering imposing a blockade on food exports from Britain to the North. The shocking claim had been made by Boris Johnson last month as justification for his government’s plans to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol which it had agreed last year as part of its exit from the EU. The British prime minister had claimed that the Internal Market Bill, which would breach international law, was necessary as the EU was looking at blocking the transport of food products from Britain to Northern Ireland.

And:

Gove was questioned about the claim when he appeared before a House of Lords EU Committee last Wednesday…Lord Kerr of Kinlochard [asked] “when and how” the British government had detected the EU plan to blockade food supplies to Northern Ireland. “Did you spot the [EU] Commission building a navy?” Lord Kerr asked.

Michael Gove was hauled over the coals last week at the Lords EU Committee where:

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard [asked] “when and how” the British governmenthad detected the EU plan to blockade food supplies to Northern Ireland…“Did you spot the [EU] Commission building a navy?” Lord Kerr asked.

Gove responded that the basis for Johnson’s warning was the fact that the EU had not received a “third country” listing from Brussels that would allow the export of products of animal origin to EU countries.

Entertainingly:

He added, however, that Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, had since indicated that a third-country listing would be granted to Britain.
Asked by Lord Kerr why the government had not simply invoked the arbitration procedures agreed under the withdrawal treaty rather than attempt to override it with the controversial Internal Market Bill, Gove said the government had taken the decision to be “patient, reasonable and constructive”.

But a name came to mind reading all that. A columnist elsewhere who didn’t treat the ‘threat’ as absurd, and didn’t ridicule it. Indeed offered an analysis at the time which sought to portray the EU as as bad as the UK government in all this. Now, who could that columnist be?

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