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Pathways for the Northern Ireland Protocol

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With the first meeting of the TCA’s Partnership Council finally done, alongside the WA’s Joint Committee, it’s perhaps a good time to reflect a bit on the Northern Ireland Protocol. While this sits within the Withdrawal Agreement, it’s worth noting that sanctions for non-compliance can extend to any other agreement between the EU and UK, […]

EU-UK deal loosens UK’s sovereignty over Northern Ireland, opines former Irish PM | DanRay’s Review

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John Bruton, the former Prime Minister of Republic of Ireland, recently opined that the UK’s sovereignty over Northern Ireland has been partially sacrificed under the latest EU-UK deal. The deal has been implemented provisionally since January 1, 2021, when the Brexit transition period ended. It is worth noting here that the aforesaid deal, which is […]

The Unintended Consequences of Brexit: Sinn Féin’s New Look and the Feasibility of a United Ireland

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The general elections held in Ireland on 8 February 2020, have witnessed the decrease of traditional parties’ electoral support and the rise of Sinn Féin, the left-wing party and former political wing of the IRA. Rather than being another populist phenomenon in Europe, this unusual (but not unexpected) victory could bring about more interesting developments […]

Prime Minister, we already have frictionless EU trade

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  Today in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We are committed to delivering on our commitment to having no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and that we have as frictionless trade as possible with the European Union.” She added: “There are a number of ways that can be delivered.” The best way […]

Prime Minister: Is Brexit worth it?

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First a German journalist, then a French one, asked the Prime Minister, Theresa May, the best questions after her keynote Brexit speech in London on Friday. Kerstin Leitel from the German business daily newspaper, Handelsblatt asked Mrs May if Brexit was all worth it? The Prime Minister answered: “If that was an attempt to say […]

Hard Brexit = Hard border on Ireland

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The Good Friday Agreement was a landmark achievement that completely opened all the borders between Ireland and Northern Ireland. This remarkable initiative brought peace at last at the turn of the millennium. That peace is now threatened by Brexit. The Tory government is hellbent on a hard Brexit, meaning the UK will leave the EU […]

Not one question about Brexit

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At Prime Minister’s Questions this week, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn didn’t ask one question about Brexit. Of course, it’s quite right that his questions should have been dominated by the dramatic collapse of Carillion, the company that the government awarded contracts to worth billions of pounds even after they had issued serious profit warnings. […]

If the talks fail, will we stay in the Single Market?

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Unless a solution can be found on the question of avoiding a hard border post-Brexit between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, then the UK will be staying in the EU Single Market and customs union. That on the face of it appears to be the outcome of last night’s frantic talks to reach […]

Theresa May is a hypocrite

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Just two days before last year’s EU referendum Theresa May insisted there would have to be border controls with Ireland if the UK voted to leave the European Union. She said then that it was “inconceivable” that there would not be any changes on border arrangements with the Republic of Ireland if Brexit happened. As […]

Which is better: UK or EU democracy?

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The European Union consists of 28 member states. All treaty changes or enlargement of the EU require the unanimous consent of every single member, however large or small. The Union of the United Kingdom consists of four member states: England, Scotland, Wales and the province of Northern Ireland. In the referendum, two of them voted […]