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Ireland has just saved the UK from the madness of a hard Brexit

Posted By: December 09, 2017

If the UK mirrors customs union, why bother leaving EU in the first place?  Fintan O’Toole. Irish Times. Dublin. Friday, December 8, 2017  Ms. May said the deal would ensure “no hard border” in Ireland and added the deal was a “significant improvement” which had required give and take on both sides. Let’s not understate the import of what Ireland has just achieved. It has […]

May is the villain in political pantomime

Posted By: December 09, 2017

Patrick Murphy. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 9, 2017 Victory for Dublin, a climb-down by London and a dose of reality for the unionists in Belfast—that appears to be the nationalist consensus on yesterday’s revised deal between Britain and the EU.As nationalist euphoria sweeps the (politically partitioned) island, the villain in this political pantomime has been Theresa May. Her diplomatic ability and political […]

Brexit has increased hopes for Irish unity but is not ideal for creating a stable 32-county state

Posted By: December 09, 2017

Arlene Foster described the difference between Monday’s draft and the final agreement as “substantial”, while Leo Varadkar said there had merely been “stylistic changes in language”.John Manley.Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 9, 2017The public’s suspicion is naturally aroused when all sides in a negotiation claim to be satisfied with the outcome, but then politics is said to be about the art of compromise.It’s important […]

DUP insists substantial changes made to revised Brexit agreement

Posted By: December 09, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “The DUP is adamant that substantive changes were made to the text of the EU-UK agreement after the party scuppered the original deal earlier this week.But University of Liverpool academic and DUP expert Jon Tonge said Mrs. Foster’s party ‘signed up yesterday for what they opposed on Monday’.He said he did not believe it was […]

Despite humiliating Theresa May, the DUP got nothing

Posted By: December 09, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus   “… the DUP never accepted the Good Friday Agreement …  Don’t forget,  Foster left the UUP because of her opposition to the Good Friday Agreement.” Brian Feeney. Irish News. Belfast.  December 10,  2017  The first point to make is that despite the huge odium they have incurred, the very personal humiliation they inflicted […]

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