Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street in 2017
“Where they see perfidious Albion, the British see duplicitous Hibernia, and have been given just as much reason to do so.
A guarantee against a hard border, perfectly legitimate for stand-alone economic and security reasons, has instead been demanded to “protect the Belfast Agreement in all its parts”, although no part of the agreement requires it.
Securing this demand via Brussels has been proclaimed by the Irish Government as a diplomatic triumph and the centrepiece of its Brexit strategy.
At the same time Stormont has collapsed and Sinn Féin is demanding a Border poll; the Taoiseach has erroneously threatened “a form of joint authority” via the agreement’s east-west body, the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference; Brexit has been described as breaching the consent principle, although the legal inaccuracy of this could scarcely be clearer; and every effect on cross-Border co-operation has been portrayed as violating the agreement rather than just impacting certain bodies within their remit.
No wonder unionists in particular suspect the Irish of seizing their moment…”
Motorists may soon be obliged to carry ‘proof of insurance’ Green Cards for travel in the UK and Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland has advised that insurers and insurance brokers will provide ‘Green Cards’ to motor insurance policyholders who travel to the UK, including to Northern Ireland.