murphaph

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Didn't take long for Davis to start backtracking...   https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/11/david-davis-seeks-to-close-brexit-border-rift-with-ireland  
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    The UK government's attempts to paint the commitments given to the commission as "meaningless" are going down like a shit sandwich in Ireland.   Are they really so stupid in Whitehall to think this stuff does not get reported elsewhere in the EU?   Do they not even realise that the decision taken on Friday by Juncker was merely the commission's recommendation that sufficient progress has been made! The actual decision to proceed to phase two will be taken by the council (ie the heads of government of the member states-who says the EU is run by unelected bureaucrats?!) and this decision has not been made yet and the decision must be unanimous and guess what... Ireland has a vote.   I mean, how stupid can you be? They obviously desperately want a trade deal or May wouldn't allow herself to be summoned to Brussels at 4 am.    Labour are clearly shifting towards a very soft Brexit alternative. If the Tories can't keep their disparate wings together (this whole business is about that very problem) then the next government will be Labour led and hard Brexit will be dead.  
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    The current system is fairer to the larger states but they still don't get voting weights which fully match their populations. The old system was really unfair to the larger states and it was right that it should be changed.   The fact remains...the EU is not run by Germany and France. If it was then Merkel's migrants would be scattered throughout the EU as she wanted but was told to pfo.   I actually think the EU should have a single policy in this area and refugees should be distributed across the whole union according to population with centralised funding to ensure poorer states aren't punished for having proportionally larger populations (eg Poland).   I don't really want to get into a debate on the merits or otherwise of the EU. Countries are free to leave and go their own thing if they want. It's no compulsory to join or remain a member.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Renegade... Germany has the smallest voting weight of any EU member state. France has the second smallest!   The EU system of voting gives more weight to the smaller countries. The fact that Ireland with its tiny population has the full backing of the EU as a whole should be ample proof that the EU is not just for Germany and France.    The EU is far from perfect but actually it's quite a marvel of international cooperation that has been replicated nowhere else on earth. For all our differences underscored by millennia of warfare, we Europeans can work together to deliver better standards of living for all our peoples.     
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Hell... NATO obviously relies on the United States to defend Europe from would be aggressors. The French nuclear deterrent is relatively tiny and the UK deterrent smaller still.    I'm not so sure I like Europe relying on a country that has elected President Trump to be their commander in chief. Is it so crazy for us Europeans to be able to defend ourselves?   By the way as you questioned the language in Fintan O'Toole's (a moderate man by the way by no means a raving Irish republican) article...the "Empire 2.0" thing is a direct reference to a quote by none other than Dr. Liam Fox!!
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Gibraltar can be more easily thrown under the bus than Northern Ireland. There's no EU27 member state looking for a special status for Gibraltar so the default EU position will be to back the EU member state (Spain) in any dealings surrounding Gibraltar as it backed the UK in 1986 when Spain acceded to the EU and the UK was already a member and forced Spain to open the border.   Spain can shut that land border again now should it so choose.    Whether or not it will remains to be seen. Gibraltar provides employment in an area of high unemployment. But will be Spain's decision alone how hard that border will be.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    I believe in more European integration. I think we need to stick together. There are at least 2 superpowers that would like Europe weakened.   A European army would be a very positive step IMO.   In the end the Irish border issue was so deep seated that it has completely changed the direction of Brexit itself towards a soft exit.    It was always clear to those of us who knew that Brexit as promised could not be delivered while keeping the border open.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    The member state who possibly most pushed for expansion was of course the United Kingdom, especially with respect to Turkey!
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    Renegade... Whether or not to hold referendums about Irish unity are governed by the Good Friday Agreement.   The initial referendum would be in Northern Ireland and would be called at such a point when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland believed there was a reasonable chance of the electorate voting for Irish unity.   If that referendum passed it would trigger a referendum in the Republic at some later point.    This EU would never be so foolish as to attempt to use the situation in Ireland to "break up the UK". That's paranoia. 
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    Renegade... What on earth would the EU be doing proposing referendums in Ireland about unification???   Do you know what the EU is?
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Hell there's no doubt that German car sales would decline if they attracted tariffs but no need to worry...that post was yesterday. This morning the UK has essentially conceded that it will remain in the customs union in all but name.   The border may seem a nonsense issue. But just to remind our younger readers...this is a typical police station in a border area during the troubles:   https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RUC,_Crois.jpg   And here's the actual border: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PVCP_near_Newry.jpg   Today instead of the last checkpoint you have 2 motorways flowing seamlessly into one another: http://www.geograph.ie/photo/3525993   That's what's at stake and why the EU was prepared to bend over backwards to protect what had been achieved.  
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    Renegade...your points in relation to Irish citizenship, welfare and infrastructure in Northern Ireland are confused.   What the UK does or does not pay for in NI is the UK's business.    Ireland has always conferred citizenship on anyone from Northern Ireland who wants it, Catholic or Protestant, nationalist or unionist or none of the above.   It's like West Germany always considered those born in the DDR to be Bundesbürger even though the DDR was extraterritorial to the BRD.   There is much confusion about the border and what this stuff is all about.    The travel issues are non issues because Ireland is outside Schengen do the EU essentially doesn't care.   The issues are all around customs and regulations that could require customs inspections.    
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    No. Ireland has a habitual residence test for social welfare payments. I'm Irish but not habitually resident in Ireland so even I would not be entitled to just move back home and expect dole payments. I'd need to make some contributions into the system again to be eligible.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Renegade...you don't seem to grasp the difference between granting a subset of people citizenship and incorporating a foreign territory I to your own!   People born in NI have always been eligible for Irish citizenship.   That does not mean Ireland wants NI. The latest poll says slightly under half the Irish population favours unification. This Irish government has absolutely no desire to push the issue of a so called border poll in NI.   That NI costs about as much as the UK's entire EU contribution is well known in Ireland. It is the most subsidised region of the UK and unlike Brexit if there is ever a referendum about unification in Ireland (it has to go to separate referendums each side of the border) there will be many months or years of in-depth debate about the pros and cons and likely outcomes.   Citizenship has nothing to do with any of this.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    That was never in doubt as it's in the gift of Ireland to grant citizenship to whomever it wants. Irish citizenship obviously comes with EU citizenship as a perk.