BREAKING: Northern Ireland Sold Out By Theresa The Appeaser
The record of the Brexit negotiations thus far is one of continued concession. When do you remember a headline that represents a qualitative win for Britain? Not one single headline id imagine because the fact is that Britain has given everything and the EU have conceded nothing. It looks like Theresa May has now compromised in such a way as to totally stab both the Democratic Unionist Party in the back also the entire principle of democracy.
It is now being widely reported that she has conceded there will be no divergence of the single market and customs union rules on the island of Ireland – including Northern Ireland.
RTE, an Irish broadcaster, has seen leaked documents. It’s Europe editor Tony Connelly tweeted:
BREAKING: UK will concede that there will be no ‘regulatory divergence’ on the island of Ireland on the single market and customs union, acc to a draft text seen by RTE News.
According to one version of the EU-UK draft: ‘In the absence of agreed solutions, the UK will ensure that there continues to be no divergence from those rules of the internal market + customs union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation +protection of the GFA.
However, ensuring that Northern Ireland is aligned in a regulatory framework with the Republic of Ireland and NOT the United Kingdom surely, in so many ways, effectively unites it with the Republic and moves it away from the UK. Is this not a total sell-out of the United Kingdom and of those in Northern Ireland who wish to remain part of it? Of all the shameful compromises this government has made, is this not the worst because it strikes fundamentally at the core of the unity of the United Kingdom and forces people into an arrangement with a foreign state they don’t want with no democratic vote or mandate to do so? All eyes will now turn to the DUP and how they respond to this outrage, the possibility surely is that they will have to end their supply and confidence arrangement with the Conservatives in protest.
UPDATE: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has tweeted:
If one part of UK can retain regulatory alignment with EU and effectively stay in the single market (which is the right solution for Northern Ireland) there is surely no good practical reason why others can’t.
UPDATE: Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, has said Northern Ireland “must leave” the EU on the same terms as the rest of the UK and that the “constitutional integrity” of the UK “must not” be compromised.
UPDATE: Sadiq Kahn has said London should also be allowed to stay in the single market and customs union.
UPDATE: A Belgian MEP has confirmed to Sky News that Northern Ireland will be “fully aligned” with the Republic and Northern Ireland will be a “special situation”.
UPDATE: Dan Hodges suggesting on Twitter that the DUP have NOT yet been consulted on the deal done over Northen Ireland.
UPDATE: Jean Claude Juncker, NO DEAL on Ireland today. Theresa May said, “further negotiations and consultation needed.”