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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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‘Pathway to a possible deal’? Johnson gave in to the EU, same as Davis and May

Quitters: Both Theresa May and now Boris Johnson seem to have given up and let the EU have its way.

Apparently Boris Johnson and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar have found a “pathway to a possible deal” after wandering the grounds of Thornton Manor in Cheshire.

After weeks with no movement, it’s an interesting change. But it has sparked speculation of a certain form.

My question is, how fast did Johnson cave in?

David Davis folded like a cocktail umbrella.

Theresa May, who said the naughtiest thing she ever did was run through a wheat field, crumbled like the chaff on a summer threshing-floor.

How long did it take the latest chump to throw in the towel?

Not long, I reckon.

And he came back to unrest among his own camp followers, if the rumours are to be believed.

We’re told Dominic Cummings has been working hard for a “no deal” Brexit, in which case he may well believe Mr Johnson has betrayed him.

As the Skwawkbox suggested, Mr Cummings may be finding out that “Johnson’s inability to follow a plan or a script applies just as much to him as to anyone”.

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Boris Johnson is risking the peace in Northern Ireland by reneging on the Good Friday Agreement, EU claims

A lorry passing an anti-Brexit placard at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossing in Killeen.

Boris Johnson has made a fool of himself again, it seems – by threatening the future of peace in Northern Ireland, if EU officials are to be believed.

They say he is reneging on pledges to uphold the Good Friday Agreement by failing to support moves to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

And what clever timing that they’re saying this right before Mr Johnson is due to meet Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar!

EU bosses say the open border is not a desire or preference, but a legal obligation.

According to The Guardian,

North-south cooperation was a pillar of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement and covers a swathe of policies such as transport, agriculture, health, education, environment and tourism.

The vast web of cooperation means, for example, that patients and ambulances can cross the border, freshwater loughs are jointly protected and Ireland’s single electricity powers millions of homes.

Since coming to office, Johnson has vowed to get rid of the backstop, a fallback plan to avoid a hard border that would see Northern Ireland maintain many EU rules, and the whole UK stay in a customs union with the EU.

[But} a UK government spokesperson firmly rejected suggestions the government was not committed to the Good Friday agreement. “We are committed to the common travel area, to upholding the rights of citizens of Northern Ireland, to ongoing north-south cooperation, to retaining the benefits of the single electricity market. We remain firmly committed to peace in Northern Ireland and the Belfast agreement.

“The Belfast/Good Friday agreement neither depends upon, nor requires a particular customs or regulatory regime. The broader commitments in the Belfast/Good Friday agreement include parity of esteem, partnership, democracy and a peaceful means of resolving differences. This would be best met if we could explore solutions other than the backstop.”

Do you believe that statement from BoJob’s spokesperson?

After all the lies we’ve had from him, dating back long before he became prime minister, do you dare to?

Source: Johnson has reneged on Good Friday agreement vows, says EU | Politics | The Guardian

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Boris Johnson on Varadkar: ‘Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them’

Boris Johnson: Last time, his comments on London Pride were undermined because he called gay men “tank-top wearing bum boys”. Previously, he was berated for calling the French “turds”. Now this.

This reminds me of a meme I just saw on Facebook, regarding the claims Conservatives have made before becoming prime minister.

So David Cameron said: “Vote for me to prevent a Labour government causing chaos!” And then he caused chaos.

Theresa May said: “Vote for me to prevent a Labour government causing chaos!” And then he caused chaos.

And now Boris Johnson is saying: “Vote for me to prevent a Labour government causing chaos!” But he isn’t waiting to win the election.

He’s causing chaos already.

Mr Johnson intends an early European tour if, as is likely, he wins the ballot for the Conservative leadership. Paris, Berlin and Dublin are on the list. He may encounter some bumps along the way.

His long record of mendacity and an infantile habit of comparing the EU to Nazi Germany have not created a reservoir of trust among other European leaders. They are unimpressed by his “do-or-die” threat of a no-deal Brexit. Mr Johnson’s crude English exceptionalism is even less endearing.

At the Foreign Office he was heard to muse as to whether Chancellor Angela Merkel had served in East Germany’s Stasi secret police. French president Emmanuel Macron was a “jumped-up Napoleon”. As for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them”.

Source: Boris Johnson on Varadkar: ‘Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them’

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If this is Mrs May’s plan to beat the Irish ‘backstop’ impasse, it’s already dead in the water

Leo Varadkar and Theresa May: They both know it would be easier to do a bilateral deal – but that simply isn’t how Brexit is being done.

It would be typical of a Tory – when they can’t get what they want by following the rules, they ignore the rules altogether.

Theresa May knows the UK cannot negotiate a bilateral deal with any of the EU27 nations, just to suit herself; the UK is dealing with the whole bloc, or with nobody.

But that hasn’t worked for her, so we’re being told she’s going cap in hand to the Republic of Ireland:

https://twitter.com/NinaDSchick/status/1086894551225303043

Bear in mind, this is from The Times, a newspaper that claimed membership of the Labour Party has plummeted by something like 150,000, when in fact Labour membership is continuing to rise.

And sure enough, it seems this is more wishful thinking, to judge by coverage in the Independent.

That paper stated: “A Downing Street source said talk of a bilateral agreement with Ireland was ‘not something we recognise’.

“Ms May will update the Commons on Monday on how she plans to proceed.”

And we’ll see whether Downing Street recognises anything different at that time.

But the message seems clear:

And here’s the word from Ireland:

So: Both Downing Street and the Irish government say a bilateral agreement isn’t on the cards, and it wold be illegal in any case.

But Mrs May won’t be able to get her Brexit deal past the DUP and many of her own Tory MPs without an undertaking to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic open.

It seems Mrs May would have better spent the last week talking to herself. Some may say that’s what she’s been doing.

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EU and Ireland leaders slam David Davis for “unacceptable” comments – as predicted by Vox Political

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis: The one on the right is a liar, but the one on the left intends to hold him to his word – as does Guy Verhofstadt of the European Union.

It is exactly as Vox Political stated: David Davis has undermined trust in the UK’s sincerity during Brexit negotiations and now the EU27 are halting further developments until cast-iron assurances are provided.

Serves the arrogant, ignorant and flat-out stupid Tory right.

And Guy Verhofstadt isn’t the only one vowing to hold the UK to its obligations: Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said both Ireland and the EU would be holding the UK to the terms of the agreement reached last Friday.

A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said, “as the Taoiseach indicated on Friday, even if the worse case scenario occurs and there is no final deal, there must still be full alignment north and south under the agreement”.

The … spokesman cited in particular Article 46 which states that: “The commitments and the principles…are made and must be upheld in all circumstances, irrespective of the nature of any future agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.”

It is exactly as This Writer stated, regarding Mr Davis:

They are judging him according to his character: He lied about the ‘impact assessments’ and he reckons Friday’s agreement is a lie as well.

Does anybody remember the saying, “An Englishman’s word is his bond”?

Mr Davis, together with the Conservative government under Theresa May, has put an end to that. Our international reputation is ruined.

And if he thinks anybody is going to sign a trade deal with a government of liars, he’s going to have a very nasty surprise.

The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator has accused David Davis of “undermining trust” with “unacceptable” comments that implied last week’s breakthrough deal was not legally binding.

Guy Verhofstadt lashed out as he revealed MEPs would toughen up their red lines before agreeing that the negotiations can move onto a future trade deal – a development Britain badly wants.

“Remarks by David Davis that phase one deal last week not binding were unhelpful & undermines trust. EP text will now reflect this & insist agreement translated into legal text ASAP,” Mr Verhofstadt tweeted.

Source: Brexit: European Parliament chief condemns ‘unacceptable’ David Davis remarks as backlash grows | The Independent


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