A Simple Answer to the Ireland / BREXIT Question!
What a silly state of affairs! Ireland is busy trying to cut its nose off to spite its face while the usual suspects in Continental Europe are busy trying to stir up the old “troubles” on the island of Ireland. That is what is really going on. No-one should be in any doubt. It is historically what Continental Europe has done for centuries, especially the French. To attack the English, France has repeatedly sought to stir up trouble in Ireland and Scotland. The EU negotiator is French.
What Ireland Has to Lose
Ireland is and will remain heavily dependent on the United Kingdom in many ways. It is a two way street however and we should not forget that it is not in our interests to have a hostile neighbour. Every Irish and British politician knows this. Every European politician knows this. They also know that most of the Republic’s exports to the rEU travel via the United Kingdom and should the UK be forced into a “no agreement” exit then they will face total chaos. Their goods will face tariffs as they cross into the UK and further tariffs as they enter the rEU.
We should not forget, also, that the UK might be tempted to apply road tolls on their vehicles. Let’s face it. All our (almost) neighbours in the rEU do and these are a deliberate mechanism to obstruct our trade.
What Davis Must Do
David Davis can remedy the situation quite simply. He would, in so doing, force the rEU to admit its role in s*** stirring.
Here is the statement he needs to make publicly. It should also be made in writing as a firm pledge to the Republic of Ireland and it can be a firm commitment:
The United Kingdom intends to ensure the historic right of British and Irish Citizens, to travel and work anywhere in Great Britain and Ireland, shall persist in perpetuity.
To ensure this arrangement can persist it requires the European Union to complete an unconditional free trade agreement with the United Kingdom as a component part of the Brexit agreement.
That Free Trade Agreement should stipulate that the European Union must deal with any changes to it by means of “qualified majority” votes of its council and that no single country should ever be capable of applying a veto to negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
As Ye Sew, So Shall Ye Reap!
If Ireland obstructs further progress of Brexit then they will be responsible. They and their false friends on the continent will be to blame. It is time Ireland examined which side their bread is buttered. If they persist in obstructing the progress of the Brexit negotiations then they will be the ones who suffer as agreement proves impossible and the UK leaves with no agreement on issues such as travel and borders.
A better solution, of course, would be for the Irish Republic to follow us out of the EU as they followed us into the EEC. Once we are out of the EU those, in Ireland, who have yet to be convinced of the advantages will rapidly see the benefits.
The Real Culprits
The EU refused to negotiate at all, contrary to the terms of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, unless we complied with their loaded timetable. That was invented to prevent progress. It is time to invoke the terms of the Vienna Convention.