Seems reasonable and fair, no?

EU diplomats have accused Theresa May of trying to delay resolution of the Irish border problem until after Brexit day by insisting upon Stormont having a final veto before any “backstop” solution can come into force.

Senior diplomats involved in the negotiations have reacted furiously to the details of a fresh UK proposal for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, briefed to the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar, at last week’s Salzburg summit.

Under the solution, May will agree to Northern Ireland potentially staying, in effect, in the single market, as the rest of the UK exits after the transition period, should there be no other way to avoid a hard border at the time.

However, crucially, the UK is insisting that the Northern Ireland assembly, known as Stormont, would have to vote in support of this move before it came into force.

The local government should have a vote on what the system of governance is?

And isn’t that what the Remoaners are screaming anyway, that the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly should have a say?

11 thoughts on “Seems reasonable and fair, no?”

  1. The solution to the Irish border question is, of course, childishly simple; Ireland should leave the EU as well.

  2. The Irish economy depends on low, sometimes very low levels of taxation of major international companies. The declared ambition of very important people in Brussels is to raise that taxation to continental levels, one way or another. At what point will it occur to the Irish that the EU is a threat to their prosperity?

  3. There is no Irish Border problem. We stay as we are the Irish do as they like.

    This all just more of May’s remainiac cockrot designed to help her Euro-pals.

  4. As was pointed out on Guido’s, yesterday, the existing cross-border trade is in a few agricultural products & building materials. Mostly headed north.Hardly anything to get excited about.
    Surely one can count on the enthusiastically pro-EU Paddies not to go crossing into Ulster shopping for cheap consumer goods etc. Or buying smuggled stuff off backs of lorries. Be entirely against the spirit of united Europe peoples standing together. as one family…

  5. And how long is it since the Stormont assembly met? When are they likely to manage to agree to meet again?

    Then they would have to agree on the proposal!

    Talk about kicking it into the long grass.

  6. Jaiysus, EU don’t want cherry picking and they then say we’ll have Northern Ireland though. How about Ireland being a complete free trade area- free of EU tariffs? That would solve things overnight, and jesus north and south would do bloody well.

  7. Why, it’s almost as if the Irish border question isn’t actually that important or difficult at all, except as a convenient bad-faith objection to us leaving the EU. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  8. The great irony is,if Norn Iron get to “stay” in the EU as some kind of associate member then we have the situation where Wales and England (52-53% leave) get what they want, Northern Ireland (56% remain) get what they want and Scotland (62% remain) don’t get what they want.
    It will be interesting to see just how this will play out. In making promises to the Republic and the EU May will alienate Scotland. If they allow any kind of veto for Stormont then Holyrood will go bat s£&t crazy.

  9. Fred, yup.. that’s what we’ll be hearing about from SNP until the next referendum. And they’ll be right and they’ll probably win.

  10. We need a solution that ensures the UK stays in the EU. We also need to have more tax revenue collected from the rich for the poor.

  11. @ filmrefox
    No we do not.
    We had a vote – I lost. I accept the verdict.
    Obviously you want to abolish all trials and make your own judgement on who should be punished just like Ioseb Djughashvili.
    Well, the English don’t like that idea. Why don’t you go home?

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