Johnson’s Brexit proposal is a win – for the EU

Oops: It looks like Boris Johnson has spoken without thinking again.

It seems Boris Johnson has caved in to the EU again over Northern Ireland’s border controls.

According to leaked information, the deal he has accepted with Leo Varadkar would take the whole of the UK out of the EU’s customs union – in name alone.

In fact, Northern Ireland would remain subject to the EU’s tariffs regime, in order to ensure that border checks do not become necessary.

Businesses in NI would then be able to negate the difference between UK and EU tariffs by offering a rebate on goods sold – if the UK tariff is lower than that in the EU. This is unlikely in a post-Brexit world.

Under the new plan, Northern Ireland would be in the same regulatory and agricultural zone, and subject to the same tariffs as the rest of the EU.

There would be a regulatory and agrifoods border in the Irish Sea and potentially some customs checks too, although Northern Ireland businesses would not lose out financially from the arrangement.

If the DUP supports this, it will be betraying the position it has held all along – that Northern Ireland must be treated in exactly the same way as the rest pf the UK.

So Mr Johnson has betrayed his Parliamentary partners.

It has yet to be seen whether he has kept the more extreme Brexiteers in his party – the ERG, for example – on-side.

And Labour will be set against the proposal, which paves the way for a bonfire of regulations and citizens’ rights, in line with the Tory plan to turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of Europe, where the population is exploited for the gain of a tiny few.

Do you want to live in a tax haven for the rich that brutally exploits the poor?

If you want to be harmed by your government – more deeply than it has already – then carry on voting Tory.

If you don’t, then Labour’s the party for you. Do as you will.

Source: Johnson’s Brexit proposal creates illusion of victory for both sides | UK News | Sky News

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4 thoughts on “Johnson’s Brexit proposal is a win – for the EU

  1. Growing Flame

    I agree with this analysis but it all depends on how the Right-wing papers explain it. If they are desperate to make sure BoJob wins an election, they will hail it as a breakthrough and a major victory for our “do or die” PM. So reluctant Tories and worried Labour MPs will rally round to make sure we can all see them voting for the deal.
    But if the tabloids (and the Telegraph and Times) cry “sell-out to the EU”, then the deal is toast as the DUP and the ERG will reject it.

    On reflection, they will opt for the former approach. So we will have to see how cynical and opportunist Farage actually is. He ought to denounce any such deal as a betrayal and call for Brexit candidates at the General Election.

  2. Dorothy

    The U.K. is Britain plus Northern Ireland so it is more correct to say that the DUP demand is that Northern Ireland is treated the same as Britain.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It was supposed to say “as the rest of the UK”. I’ve corrected it now – thanks.

  3. Zippi

    According to what I have read, from people who know the Belfast Agreement, this is all totally unnecessary. Allegedly, there are checks, NOW and, what I found most interesting is that, according to European Custom experts, allegedly, the so-called non-existent technological solutions are IN USE, on the continent [Europe]. If this is true, what, exactly, is going on and why are we all being told that there is some impending doom? Allegedly, it is not the technology that will cause problems at the border but cameras and the problems that they will cause police but as far as customs go, this is all being done remotely, online and using G.P.S., which means that the proposals, which were put forward under Theresa May’s stewardship, were perfectly feasible. This being the case, why the objection? The more that I read, on the subject, the more that I find credence in what my Irish friends and others have told me about the border situation, with regard to our leaving the European Union; that it is not the problem that it is being made out to be. The alternative, of course, is that this is all propaganda. Whatever, somebody is telling untruths.

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