Belgian MEP Phillippe Lamberts has told Sky News the UK Government has agreed to a “Special Situation For Ireland”
Belgian MEP @ph_lamberts who has seen draft joint statement tells me live on @skynews Britain & EU have agreed to a “special situation for Ireland” to avoid hard border.
“uk government has come to terms with reality and that’s a good thing”.
According to two well-placed sources, the text that negotiators have been working on intensively over the past five days, spell out that the UK will agree that on either side of the border there would be no divergence on EU single market and customs union rules after Brexit.
This has long been the Irish Government’s preferred solution for avoiding a hard border.
The text says that the UK has agreed that the Good Friday Agreement will be protected.
HEY, IRELAND…! Daily Mail readers would like you to get your treacherous, Guiness-swilling, IRA-sympathising, peasant noses out of their utopian Brexit or they’ll put a minefield on your precious border, ban your products and force you back together with NI.
From top: Yesterday’s London Evening Standard; tweet from spoof Daily Mail account
These attitude mirrors the conveyor belt of myths perpetuated against Scottish independence; subsidy junkies, Arc of Insolvency, Skintland etc etc, and it’s no surprise to see them wheeled out again against Ireland’s entirely legitimate issues about a hard border.
All of this is entirely consistent with the politics of Leave: blame foreigners, blame immigrants, blame Bureaucrats, blame anyone but take responsibility. The political narrative of false-grievance, exceptionalism and stoking resentment will however soon run its course.
The problem for Brexiteers and English xenophobes is that the Irish have been deeply embedded in European politics for a very long time, and whilst goodwill for the British is spent, Ireland has considerable allies who will support her.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “should know better” than to “play around” with Northern Ireland over Brexit, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party says.
Arlene Foster accused Mr Varadkar of being “reckless” as Brexit talks enter a “critical phase”.
She was speaking after meeting Theresa May at Downing Street.
The Irish government says any hard border with Northern Ireland should be off the table.
…Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mrs Foster said: “Some people are taking their moment in the sun, to try and get the maximum in relation to the negotiations – and I understand that but you shouldn’t play about with Northern Ireland particularly at a time when we’re trying to bring about devolved government again.”
European Parliament Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Mental Health European Affairs, Helen McEntee…
Ahead of a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Committees on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, where Mr Verhofstadt said he wanted to deliver a “message of solidarity” with the Irish people.
“What we will never allow is that Ireland will suffer from the British decision to leave the EU,” he said.
“That is a commitment that has been made by the European parliament and by the EU as a whole.”
He also said the EU must also ensure that there is no return to the past, and to hard borders on our continent “and certainly not to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic,” he added.