Should Northern Ireland split from the UK to end deadlock with the EU and keep Biden happy?

Deadlock: The EU has a trade agreement and couldn’t care less if it harms Boris Johnson. And Joe Biden’s commitment to co-operation with the UK may waver if a solution can’t be found and the Troubles return. What if the Province splits from the UK – for the good of its people?

It makes a nice story on the eve of a G7 summit – especially one taking place in the UK. And that’s what the BBC propagandists want.

But while US President Joe Biden and the UK’s pipsqueak Boris Johnson might agree that trade problems in Northern Ireland due to last year’s UK-EU deal need to be solved, we have no reason to believe they agree on how.

The European Union has no problem with the current situation. All the problems were created by Boris Johnson because he rushed through a trade deal, either without understanding it or without caring what was in it – to meet a deadline he thought he needed to maintain public confidence.

Even the BBC had to admit it:

French President Emmanuel Macron said: “I think it’s not serious to want to review in July what we finalised after years of debate and work in December.

“We have a trade deal – it has been painfully discussed for years… if six months later, they say: ‘What we negotiated with you, we don’t know how to respect it’, then that means that nothing is respectable anymore.”

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the Northern Ireland protocol – the name for the post-Brexit trading rules – was the “only solution” and should be implemented fully.

Biden’s interest dates from the 1990s, when his forerunner Bill Clinton worked with people on all sides of the Northern Ireland question to help bring about the Good Friday Agreement that ended the so-called “Troubles”.

The BBC (again) has already published details of a planned speech in which Biden was set to voice concerns that deadlock on the Northern Ireland Protocol could jeopardise peace in the Province.

Sadly, with Biden taking pains to stress that he is not “warning” the two sides in any way, the EU unwilling to give any ground at all, and Johnson incapable of understanding the complexities involved, it seems there may be “Troubles” ahead once again.

There is a simple way out, of course: Northern Ireland could vote to leave the United Kingdom.

I’m not even suggesting that this means joining the Republic of Ireland.

The simple fact is that the people of this region have suffered terribly because of the “Troubles”. If I was living there, I would be furious that Johnson’s insensitivity has put NI back in the firing line and would be prepared to consider any alternative to prevent it.

And there’s no reason they would want to stay in the union – Johnson has created a situation where they are actually worse-off, the longer they put up with the current situation.

If Northern Ireland quit the UK but did not join the Republic, Biden would be happy; future violence could be averted. The EU would be happy too – it would make trading much simpler.

The only loser would be Boris Johnson. He would become the prime minister who forced the nation to split – and voters are not likely to forgive him for that.

It would be poetic justice. He thought he could get away with any old rubbish. He thought wrong.

Source: G7: UK and US in complete harmony over Northern Ireland – Boris Johnson – BBC News

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6 thoughts on “Should Northern Ireland split from the UK to end deadlock with the EU and keep Biden happy?

  1. terry w scales

    a perfect solution…..a catholic church in every northern Ireland town… make similar to Eire….religion is a private matter unless turned vengeful and viral by the politics of power and perfidy

    1. Andy

      There already is a Catholic Church in every town and has been since before partition, just as there are protestant churches in every town.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        I edited your comment as I don’t permit personal attacks against other commenters.

  2. Martyn Meacham

    It should be left to the Irish to decide.The only problem I can see,is the older protestants will resist change,and will want to stay part of Britain,and be ruled from Westminster…even though the English parliament is totally corrupt.

  3. Graham Warwick

    It’s high time for the UK to divest itself from Northern Ireland. For decades they have had their own laws and their own governance as well as being a royal pain in the bum. Time they were made and independent state, or joined with Eirin as should have been done in the days of Michael Collins

  4. 6033624

    It’s a nice thought. It would mean it was no longer a UK problem. But the issue here is the same one. There’s the ‘Loyalist’ part (the majority) of the protestant population (which is just about the majority of NI population) They have a sense of identity which most of us will never understand, they ‘feel’ British in their DNA and anything that could possibly change that is met with fear, revulsion and hate. There is much hate from them too, hatred for the catholic population, for Ireland and for anything that makes them less than the ‘masters’ in their own land. Normal solutions don’t work here. This is more extreme, more far reaching and has gone on for far longer than Israel Vs Palestine. I’d go so far as to say that you’ll see peace in Palestine before you’ll see agreement in NI.

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to ameliorate this problem. All checks should be at the UK mainland ports with some checks even done at trusted warehouses as with Channel Tunnel security. The border then becomes invisible to those in NI with no actual ‘target’ It might just work as the vast majority of the NI population don’t really care about this. The problem is that the ones who do are the ones who have access to guns.

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