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Sunday 10 October 2021

Tories Refuse EU Olive Branch

As alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson demonstrates his commitment to increasing crises across the UK by going off on holiday to Marbella, or for those Brits who can’t be arsed with Spanish pronunciation, Marbs, the thorny problem of the Northern Ireland Protocol has moved, inexorably, back to centre stage.

An idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

Why this should be is not difficult to grasp: the UK has, via the less than competent “diplomacy” of “Lord” David Frost, decided that the Protocol, which was a UK invention, and to which it signed up of its own free will, is now A Very Bad Thing and must be either substantially changed, or done away with altogether. Frost has “challenged” the EU to come up with alternative arrangements. Probably because he thinks they won’t.

Unfortunately for Frost and his boss, Maroš Šefčovič has done just that, and Mutjaba Rahman of the Eurasia Group has the detail. “The EU's proposals for addressing the problems in NI are substantive & far reaching. They will effectively do away with all paperwork for goods destined for NI - instead of a border in Irish Sea, think of a ‘green’ (NI-bound) & ‘red’ (Single Market) lane”. But then comes the inevitable however.

Unsurprisingly, EU will offer no concessions on ECJ. For this reason alone, senior EU officials are resigned to fairly hostile response from [David Frost]”. But Rahman warns “It has taken a lot of time & leadership from [Maroš Šefčovič] & [Ursula von der Leyen] to get Commission services & member states into line. Although EU capitals haven't seen the final package & all the details, they've been socialised with what's coming”.

So EU member states from Finland to Romania to Italy to Portugal have been sounded out and have lined up behind the offer. But almost as soon as the detail became known, someone not unadjacent to “Lord” Frost briefed the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph that there was, surprise, surprise, an imminent scrap over the ECJ.

As Darran Marshall of the BBC has noted, “[David Frost] to make clear to [Maroš Šefčovič] that removing the European Court of Justice’s oversight of the NI protocol is a ‘red line’ for the British Government”. The EU side offers an olive branch, and Bozo’s negotiator immediately finds a way to refuse it, to the clear exasperation of those in Ireland.

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has reflected that exasperation. “EU working seriously to resolve practical issues with implementation of Protocol - so UKG creates a new ‘red line’ barrier to progress, that they know EU can’t move on…. are we surprised? Real Q: Does UKG actually want an agreed way forward or a further breakdown in relations?”. Frost needs to answer that. Because the EU side already went there.

You have to ask yourself one question Dave ... do I feel lucky?

As Mutjaba Rahman has pointed out, “If UK's actions call [Ireland’s place in the Single Market] into question, the EU's response could be much more forceful … Not a silly micro line-by-line tariff retaliation, but the *suspension of the entire zero tariff/zero quota deal*. There's a termination clause in TCA that can be triggered unilaterally: many in [Brussels] think a big simple move like this would be needed for UK to finally understand”.

That’s the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, that the UK also signed of its own free will. Suspending that really would damage the UK economy. Frost thinks he’ll get the EU to back down. Once again he is wrong. And once again it’s ordinary folk who will suffer.

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Anonymous said...

Surprised? Not really

The whole point of Brexit is to crash the economy for a "year zero" type of situation in which they can fundamentally rewrite rules relaxing to employment, tax, the NHS, civil rights/liberties, health and safety, and any other similar legislation so that they can take back control not from the EU, but the ordinary person - "rejoice peons, it is your lot in life to die for us!", "let the bodies pile high", ad nauseum

This is yet another deliberately engineered crisis (like the deliberately engineered panic buying of petrol) so that the population becomes de-sensitised to shortages (and ineviably desensitised to rationing) caused by the UK government's deliberate destruction of the UK economy.

This deliberate destruction of the UK and its economy is stopping short of subversion of the UK. The question is why is this being tolerated? Why is no-one challenging on this? The tory party is full of vacuous no-hopers like Grant "Spiv" Shapps, Priti "Poison Dwarf" Patel, et al, that even a half organised opposition (and I'm not just talking Labour, but the Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru) could have these lot on the ropes much like John Major's govt was on the ropes in 1996 and 1997

Does no-one care what is being done to this country?

Anonymous said...

Sooner or later a majority of people in Northern Ireland will come to realise they are tethered to utter cretins in London. Then they will do the commonsensical thing and reunite Ireland.

Meanwhile, the rest of Britain will be stuck with the flag-waving anti-everything divvies in Westminster and Whitehall. It's like watching an entire clown circus slowly suffocate itself.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Anonymous said...
Sooner or later a majority of people in Northern Ireland will come to realise they are tethered to utter cretins in London.

Oh, but they do. And the dunderheaded Unionists (DUP, TUV, even UUP) are as away-with-the-fairies.

But petrol is around 134p/litre and supermarket shelves reasonably full.

Anonymous said...

Only a matter of time before Europe reaches a consensus to let Britain sink snarling its racist xenophobia in the North Sea.

God knows Albion Perfide has it coming.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (first comment) … absolutely fucking right. I’ve been saying this since the off. When I tried to explain, People used to look at me as if I were mad, … but they take me a lot more seriously more recently. The real manifesto was written in Britannia unchanged …And still the fucking idiots suck it up