We continue updates since the exceptional, in-depth instruction about the leader of the DUP and the Irish Prime Minister that shocked Emma Stark upon asking God about the solution to the Brexit ‘backstop’ for Northern Ireland. (Re-reading the transcript gives an appreciation of what may be happening behind the scenes on the implementation of Brexit.) So we report as follows:
5th April, DUP response to delaying Brexit beyond European elections an existential threat to Tories:
‘Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, said: “The United Kingdom fighting European elections almost three years after a clear majority voted to leave the EU sums up the disorganised and slapdash approach taken to negotiations by the Prime Minister.“
7th April, anonymous reader’s link to Spectator article Ireland’s strange decision to join the French Commonwealth.
10th April, Roger Jervois in South Africa emails, “Here is some more constructive work from Leo…(speaking before last night’s crucial summit in Brussels)
‘The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister), Leo Varadkar, has suggested that the UK would be able to have a say in trade deals if it forms a customs union with the EU. A customs union is a major focus of Brexit talks between Labour and the Conservatives…Many Conservatives oppose that idea saying the UK would be subject to EU trade deals but with no say.
‘However, the Taoiseach suggested the EU would be able to develop a ‘sui generis’ (unique) arrangement for the UK, and said the proposal for the UK to stay in a customs union with the EU after Brexit has “real merit”.
“I believe as the EU having the UK in a customs union means we could get the best deals for all of us,” he said. “If the UK were to decide to stay in a customs union, we would be able to develop something ‘sui generis’ so that they would have a say around things in terms of future trade deals, and a level playing field around labour rights and environmental rights.” (BBC News NI Brexit: Leo Varadkhar hints at UK say in future trade deals)
Arlene Foster: Six months to change the backstop
‘Asked whether she believed there was any prospect of the Withdrawal Agreement being reopened in the period to October, Mrs Foster told reporters in Brussels: “It depends whether they want to get a deal.
“If they want to get a deal they’re going to have to deal with the backstop because the only thing that has got through Parliament with the majority is the fact of dealing with the backstop.
“And if it’s dealt with in the appropriate fashion then the Withdrawal Agreement will go through and they will have a deal. But if they continue on the road of ‘we are not reopening the treaty’ then we are heading inexorably towards a no-deal scenario.
“That’s something which I really regret because we want to get a deal that is good for the whole of the UK.
“Instead of this intransigence, actually what they should be using the next number of months to do is look at ways to deal with that backstop.”
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