‘We Never Had A Hard Border’


Earlier today.

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking in Westminster ahead of the vote on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons this evening.

LIVE: Decision day at Westminster (RTE)


35 thoughts on “‘We Never Had A Hard Border’

  1. Jibjob


    When there were British soldiers at Border checkpoints on main roads, and many of the remaining Border roads and lanes were made unusable by the British, that did not constitute a hard border. What exactly was it then?

    1. Andrew

      Do the British want a hard border? No they don’t Do we want a hard border? No we don’t. Now, have a think, who does that leave?
      Varadkar is being played like a violin by the EU on this and they will screw us over as they have done in the very recent past.

      1. Nigel

        What are you on about? The British Brexiteers don’t care, resent that they’re being obliged to care and want it all to go away, hard, soft or semi-flaccid.

      2. Rob_G

        Well, the British “want” a hard border and in they chose to make a decision where it was the a likely outcome; the EU is a trading bloc, it has a customs border with countries outside of the bloc. I think the EU (and indeed Leo) have been quite accommodating with the UK, but there is only so much that they can do when the Brits cannot decide among themselves what solution it is that they wish to propose…

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Totally. I can’t see how porous they can make that border post-Brexit without it being a farce. Maybe no soldiers reinstated come March, but it will still be co-policed by the British.

          How would Arleen know about border towns such as Cullaville when she represents none of the community there and has unlikely to have visited, nor shown any interest in. DUP talking up their importance as usual.

  2. Friscondo

    Funniest bit is where Tiocfaidh Arlene says “We are living in the modern world.” Without a hint of irony. From a crowd of fundamentalist, creationist cranks.

  3. rotide

    The fact she represents 50% of the country is the single greatest argument against a United Ireland

    1. ReproBertie

      She doesn’t. There’s no Assembly in NI so she’s just the leader of one of the political parties.

      1. Eoin

        A political party that gets a solid 30% of the vote and which, with 10 MPs, holds the balance of power in Westminster…..

        And Arlene is on the privy council.

      2. bisted

        …and she doesn’t even lead the DUP…when ‘agreement’ was reached with the shinners she couldn’t deliver…

    2. Friscondo

      It’s an artificial statelet, with a sectarian border put in place to give Unionists a permanent majority. It’s not sustainable, as to their great annoyance, the Brits keep finding out. There is only one way for them to solve their “Irish Problem,” and everyone knows what it is. 100 years on, their great strategic error continues to haunt them.

  4. kellMA

    Yeah but, no but….. I know someone like Arlene. I caught them once smoking out a window and when I asked them why they were smoking out a window they threw the cigarette down in front of me and then said they “resented my accusation”. I laughed and walked away from that person. This reminds me of that.

  5. Murtles

    Back to your cave there Arlene, the fact there’s no NI Assembly in nearly 2 years means you’re just head of a committee. The Chairman of a local football club has just as much right as you to talk about Brexit and Hard Borders and he’d probably make more sense except he’s not getting paid for a job he’s not doing.

  6. Gabby

    The Border was an invisible line that wiggled around county boundaries and divided houses and villages in two. It was a playing ground for butter and pig smuggling from south to north; and the smuggling of carpets, fireworks, electronic gimmickry and cheaper cigarettes from north to south. The EU single market neutralised a lot of that, apart from the smuggling of contraband bangers in the weeks preceding Halloween. Smuggling of fake brand cigarettes is also a continuing problem.

  7. Shayna

    “There has never been a hard border”? Sanger Towers, manned by the British Army around Newry/South Armagh – customs stops from The North/South – presenting ID to the authorities – surely, that is a hard border? So, that didn’t happen? – Perhaps, I’m mistaken, it was all daffodils and daisies over the past 40 years?

    1. topsy

      Hard to believe that from her.
      I do wonder when I see a DUP mp muttering in parliament , does he/she not realise that british couldn’t give a toss about them or Nr Irl.

      1. Shayna

        The 12 DUP MPs give the Tories a minimal majority in Government. Of course, the Tories look on the DUP as a bunch of Paddies/Micks – but, in the words of of political commenters – they were, “The King Makers”. I have no understanding why anyone would vote DUP – Racist/Xenophobic/Unionist – but, to be fair – what’s the alternative in the North? A power-sharing thing – Really? That’s all working out so well…

  8. Truth in the News

    She know a thing or too about the Border…..and if she ill informed, well there are plenty
    of the “B Specials” progeny around and all they stood for she could ask…..the Game is
    up and she knows it, her body language and facial expressions say it all, at least
    Paisley smiled:

  9. SOQ

    She is right, in EU terms, Ireland has never had a hard border.

    This is a game of political Chicken like we have never seen before.

    The defeat of the amended backstop is pretty telling however.

  10. Joe

    She just confirmed how disconnected she is with the island of Ireland and it’s history. Her ignorance perfectly sums up the DUP attitute.

  11. Scundered

    Have been across the border hundreds of times over the darker years, there never was a hard border and nobody wants one.

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