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About murphaph

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    I heard the French will be exporting sour grapes to go with that.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    UK really painted itself into a corner if this is true:
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    I certainly wouldn't wish the no deal scenario on anyone. Ireland will suffer quite badly (likely second worst after the UK itself), but has the safety net of the single market to fall back on and Ireland has a small, fairly agile economy. The UK's economy is much larger. Turning a tanker is a lot harder than a speed boat. The UK stands to see major job losses IMO and we must remember that only about half of those that bothered to vote actually want to leave. I would not wish that on those people who voted remain. They did not choose it.
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  5. Brexit: The fallout

    I said it here months and months ago, Ireland would be the square peg in the round Brexit hole. It was obvious from before the referendum that a proper Brexit (staying in the sm and cu is essentially pointless-may as well just stay full members where you get to make the rules too) is simply incompatible with the spirit of not the letter of the GFA.    The UK is free to abandon the GFA. Neither Ireland nor the EU can prevent it from doing that, but the EU will see that as a gross breach of trust and there will be no agreement on the terms under which the UK leaves and certainly no trade deal, not even a Canada option. The British government can decide if its economy can withstand that shock. The EU made as generous an offer as it can when it stated that NI could remain in the sm and cu but May is beholden to the DUP due to her poor performance during the 2017 general election.   This is what the EU is all about. It sticks up for its members. It has stuck up for the UK in the past (forced the Spanish to open the border at Gibraltar/La Linea as part of Spain's accession to the then EEC). The UK inexplicably thought this would not be the case this time. May & Co. actually thought the EU would look after them over a committed member state.
  6. Brexit: The fallout   This is basically why we are where we are. The British government expected Ireland to be shat on by the EU26. It's simply not working out as "planned".
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Meanwhile Irish cheddar producers are switching to products with wider appeal outside the UK.
  8. Brexit: The fallout   To me this signals the death of hard Brexit. I would not have expected Labour MPs from the north east to come out in favour of another referendum.
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    I doubt the existing EFTA members are likely to be too enamoured with the idea of a much larger beast joining the club of fairly small countries. They would surely fear the UK seeking opt-out after opt-out as is has done as an EU member.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Dublin increasingly pessimistic about a good outcome for Ireland. Veto a distinct option.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    HoL support Chris Patten's amendment to compel government ministers to respect the GFA and ensure no action is taken to create a hard border in Ireland.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    A quick read of the Daily Express comments section reveals regular tirades of racist abuse aimed at Irish taoiseach Varadkar, because he's half Indian. These types would be aghast at the likes of Javid becoming PM.     
  13. Brexit: The fallout   Barnier in Ireland again.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    May is up to her neck in the Windrush scandal as well.   The EU parliament in particular will be very concerned that any deal on EU citizens' rights may simply be shredded by the Home Office at some point in future, given their disgraceful treatment of their own (but immigrant) citizens. Would you trust this Home Office with your rights?!
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Amber Rudd resigns as Home Secretary.