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He’s having a laugh, isn’t it he? July 22, 2021

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Another day, another entertaining contribution to the debate around the Northern Ireland Protocol by Jeffrey Donaldson. This time on foot of the exchange between the UK and the EU over the Protocol.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the DUP leader, has welcomed the government’s command paper on the NI protocol as “a significant step in the right direction”. In a statement he said:

This is a significant step in the right direction by the government and an acceptance that the protocol is not sustainable. We warned about the flaws of the protocol and since its imposition upon Northern Ireland, we have been highlighting how the Irish Sea border has been injurious to almost every area of life for people living in Northern Ireland.

Sticking plasters and short-term fixes were never going to work. We need a proper renegotiation.

Last week, we published seven tests for any new approach to the protocol. That is the yardstick we will use in the days ahead. Those tests are based on the government’s own commitments.

Donaldson also criticised the EU, saying it had “failed to recognise the concerns of unionists and has shown zero respect for the consensus approach which has helped secure peace and stability in Northern Ireland”.

Note that last: “failed to recognise the concerns of unionists and has shown zero respect for the consensus approach which has helped secure peace and stability in Northern Ireland”.

So an agreement brokered between the UK and EU on foot of Brexit, which was not supported by most of the population in NI, and a Brexit supported by the DUP pretty much alone, some how shows ‘zero respect for the consensus approach which has helped secure peace and stability in NI’ which the DUP itself did not participate in or agree with in relation to the path towards, and indeed after for years of, the GFA/BA. 

Hilarious if the situation wasn’t so serious. 

Speaking of that situation, am I alone in thinking that so far neither the EU nor the UK seems hugely eager to go to the wire. Or is that misreading what is emanating from both sides?

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1. banjoagbeanjoe - July 22, 2021

Picking up on the other recent thread on the NI protocol and Donaldson etc here. This, from today’s IT:
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/retail-and-services/m-s-plans-to-delist-christmas-products-from-ni-stores-1.4626606

I know the NI Protocol was jointly agreed between the UK and the EU. But did the Irish government understand all the details and the implementation outcomes I wonder? Because with the kind of stuff outlined in that story going on (eg the thousands of pages of customs documentation etc), it should have been obvious that this would be problematic to say the least.
It can’t continue like that – and the worry is that the UK and the EU won’t be able to make changes that make the thing workable for all. It’s going to be a difficult few months ahead. Maybe Joe Biden might send in the cavalry?

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benmadigan - July 22, 2021

Xmas without M&S seems like Brit/Unionist over-hype about the NIP and Withdrawal Agreement the UK govt personally negotiated, signed and ratified!Aided and abetted by the DUP!

Xmas will happen in NI without M&S products.
Perfectly good trees, decorations, food and drink, cakes, chocolates and gifts etc will all be sourced in abundance elsewhere and provided in time for the festive season!

DUP-types might refuse to buy Fenian/Continental produce and then complain they had a miserable Xmas

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EWI - July 22, 2021

Xmas will happen in NI without M&S products.
Perfectly good trees, decorations, food and drink, cakes, chocolates and gifts etc will all be sourced in abundance elsewhere and provided in time for the festive season!

This. And those pretending to believe that the end of the world is upon us are curiously silent about the exceptionally strong cross-Border links in the food and agriculture sectors. Why are they not being mentioned as casualties if the NIP is reneged on?

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