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About murphaph

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  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Nobody but your case worker can answer that. I have heard that certs in English are accepted but in my own case I had to get mine translated. It'll be different in every Landkreis. Some may accept this format while others may refuse.
  2. Depends where you live. I finally got to submit my application for German citizenship to Landkreis Havelland last week after they refused to accept my C2 cert from a private school in Berlin last August (after waiting ages for that appointment) and despite me being obviously fluent and made me do a telc test at the VHS instead (again had to wait for test and 10 weeks later the results!). Then they told me they are currently granting citizenship to those applicants who submitted their applications in Q1 2017 so not to hold my breath and that if I need citizenship for a specific reason like wanting to work in certain jobs for the government that I should write to them with evidence of such. From starting the process it will likely have taken 3 years which is dreadfully slow by anyone's standards.   I'm in no rush as I'm Irish but just want to be able to vote here but I have no reason to even suspect my Landkreis is even the slowest nationally.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Let's not forget the hundreds of millions spent by the other EU member states in getting Brexit ready. It's not happening in UK vacuum.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Peston gives Johnson a decent grilling here:
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    The UK is not "an island". It shares a land border with another EU member state.   At present Ireland and the UK have a virtually identical immigration policy but post Brexit (assuming end of FoM) that will radically change as 400 million people will have continuing FoM in Ireland.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Connelly rarely gets his stuff wrong, so this can be treated as being quite serious.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    I posted a link to Seb Payne's twitter-should link directly there, apologies if it does not, but it works for me as they say. It has a referer link as I found it on but I wasn't trying to link to that forum. I wouldn't expect anyone to try to keep up with the Boardsies (between us we've posted over 86k times on Brexit so far)
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Scary if remotely true:
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    The customs union proposal alone would not allow an open border in Ireland (as some posters have correctly pointed out). There were customs controls until 1993 with the advent of the single market. When the military checks went as part of the peace process it left no checks at all, but only because the single market had come into being beforehand. The single market was clearly an enabling factor in the peace process as an "invisible border" is psychologically very important for nationalists. They accepted NI's place within the UK and in return they got to "feel" part of the Irish state.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Parliament paralysed still. Matt Frei reporting that EU officials indicating they see little reason to grant an extension to A50.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Steve Baker also today admitted that he had sent an email in which he stated that leave could spend as much as it wanted to win the referendum by creating separate legal entities and went on to blame some unnamed advisor on this incorrect (and illegal) information:   That is an incredible admission, following on from the quiet burial of the appeal on Friday.   It's amazing but had the referendum been legally binding it would have been declared null and void already.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    That's not at all clear. I have read (somewhere) that A50 can only be revoked "in good faith". If it was publicly revoked with the intention of invoking it again at a later date or even if nothing about later invocation was mentioned but it happened, it would arguably not have been in good faith and the ECJ could rule (it would definitely end up there) that the original revocation was indeed invalid and the UK could fly out of the EU instantly as if it had never revoked A50. In short, such games would be not without legal risk and that's ignoring the politics of "playing" the EU like this. Any remaining good faith would quickly evaporate.   We are hearing Liz Truss today (on BBC R4, sorry no link) saying she'd be happy enough to impose border controls in Ireland. IDS said at the weekend that the UK should be free to unilaterally walk away from any withdrawal agreement later, should it so choose. The Tories simply can't be trusted, which is why Ireland was 100% correct to insist on a back stop in any agreed deal.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    We can't rule out a few member states refusing to support a longer extension on the 10th if the UK comes to the council meeting with no plan. Some have simply had enough and we (Ireland) can't ask them to play this game indefinitely.   I hope May fully understands the risk of no deal exit on the 12th and accedes to parliament's wish for "something else" if parliament can just manage a majority for one of the realistic options on Monday.   The EU genuinely can't risk the parliament being found illegitimate by the ECJ at a later date as this could invalidate anything the EU does in this period.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    I don't think May is genuinely prepared to take the no deal option. Parliament (including most of her party and the vast majority of her cabinet) voted against it twice. There were 400 votes against it in the indicative vote on Wednesday.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    They are voting on the WA without the PD. The legality or otherwise of this remains to be seen.