NI-Eire Prophecy Update #5: yet again, NO need for a hard border!

Within the Brexit Central briefing received this morning I read this (emphasis mine):

‘Of course, one of the scare stories that has repeatedly been propagated by anti-Brexit voices about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is that it would demand a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. So it was intriguing to read yesterday not only that Taosieach Leo Varadkar is now confident of keeping border invisible in ‘No-deal’ Brexit, a special arrangement can be found to keep the border in Ireland invisible in such a scenario but also that the EU is now saying they are “working very closely with Irish authorities to try and perform controls away from border”.

‘All of which prompts the question as to why such arrangements could not have been on the agenda all along, rather than the EU insisting on the potentially suffocating Irish backstop being included in the Withdrawal Agreement. Do we think the EU has been negotiating in bad faith?’

All as blogged in detail back in December, just before Christmas..!

2 thoughts on “NI-Eire Prophecy Update #5: yet again, NO need for a hard border!

  1. The BBC says that the PM is planning to pass “legislation” this week to stop us leaving the EU at 11pm on Friday 29 March 2019. I’m not quite sure what this actually involves (and what will be the country’s response if she does this).

    A) Does she need to pass an Act to do this? In which case it will need to pas through the Commons at least and receive Royal Assent.

    B) Can she do this by means of a statutory instrument?

    C) Will she specify a new Brexit date (12 April?) or merely delete the current Brexit date?

    D) If she does this, will there be protests and/or riots?


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