Now Would Be A Good Time To Panic

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Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney  and Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee updating the media this morning on legislation which will ‘protect ‘Ireland in the case of a no deal Brexit.

This morning.

Government Buildings.

“A disorderly Brexit will be a lose, lose, lose for the UK, for Europe and for Ireland. We cannot offset all the damage it will do, but we are doing everything we can.”

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney

Save yourselves.

*grabs iodine tablets*

Tánaiste: No-deal Brexit a ‘lose, lose, lose’ scenario (RTÉ)

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49 thoughts on “Now Would Be A Good Time To Panic

      1. bisted

        …there won’t be any brexit…the leave letter will be withdrawn and the cause of Irish unity will be set back for another generation…you’ll get another while out of your avatar MaryLou…

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  1. Ron

    Of course it’s a lose lose for Ireland when he have the likes of incompetent Coveney standing there representing us. My god, he is just so incapable, so lacking in common sense, so out of his depth, so inexperienced. He is an absolute embarrassment to this country.

    When you line them all up beside each other. Coveney, Varadkar, Harris. Do they even have 10 years combined real world experience between them all?

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    1. jonsmoke

      funny, he seems quite capable and full of common sense to me. Any examples to support why you think he is all that? I still wonder if we would’ve been better of if he won the leadership of FG. I’m not a FG supporter/blueshirt by the way.

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        1. Junkface

          Yep, I think Coveney would have made a better Taoiseach. He seems less concerned with PR and spin than Leo. He’s also more sincere.

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          1. Ron

            lol. what have his achievements in office been that demonstrate his capability? didn’t he say he was going to solve homelessness? He is a master of optics and spin. utterly incapable and incompetent. Is it any wonder that Ireland is up faeces creek without a paddle when you have sillies on here salivating at the mouth over how better Coveney is then the others and that been given as a reason to vote for him. my silly voteometer is off the charts currently!!!!!!

      1. Ron

        We could put the local transition year student in charge of running the Ministry in order to give them ‘real world experience’. It would be reckless and the results would be detrimental. Pretty much the way we currently do it by appointing Ministers who are incompetent and have zero experience and capability

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    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Tell you what. The English LOVE him. Any time he’s on radio or telly over there, all the comments state how impressed they are by him and how they wish they had calm and capable politicians like Coveney in the UK at the moment. Especially when he goes on to the Today programme with that gobdaw John Humphrys. Helen McEntee acquitted herself very well on the Today show as well.

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    3. Zaccone

      FG have a lot of awful people at the top at the moment, but Coveney is by far the best of a bad bunch. He actually seems a) rather competent and b) not obsessed with spin. He’d be a much better leader than any of Varadkar, Harris, Murphy etc.

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      1. dav

        He lacks political savy as evidenced in the way out-manoeuvred him at he start of the leadership battle and he lacks guts in the way he abandoned his rule in dealing with the homelessness crisis.

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      1. dav

        that was chicken breasts injected with fluid which is illegal under EU law. Ron’s finger-lickin’ chlorinated chicken is produced within US laws

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          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Heh. Mouth feel. Right up there with moist and gusset. And, perhaps even more so, moist gusset.

  2. SOQ

    Interesting that this is being widely reported in the British media while zero about their own hard Brexit plans- assuming they have any of course.

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  3. eoin

    Quick review of this planned legislative blitzkrieg – seems to anticipate several bilateral agreements between the UK and Ireland, which I thought Simon said wouldn’t happen, “it’ll be UK/EU or nothing”, and some of the proposals look legally iffy, like the extradition proposals. And they look costly, how much?

    I’m sure they must have been working intensively on these proposals so the concerns are probably unfounded, but this is Simon Coveney ladies and gentlemen, and he has plenty of previous poor form.

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    1. Listrade

      A lot of the bill seems dependent on a transition period. The deals will expire at that point by the looks of it. The miscellaneous bit at the end is the most telling in that all references to a member state will include UK until end of transition period. But that’s still dependent on a deal before Brexit or the previous agreement being honoured.

      In theory there can be bilateral agreements on some technicalities during this transition period. That’s why the bill has some very specific details that might be an issue in some arrangements and it isn’t enough to include UK in definition of “Member State”. In fairness the various departments have done a decent job of reviewing a lot of legislation to find the bits and pieces that need to be tied up.

      There’s a few agreements (like Common Travel Area) that predate EU so shouldn’t need a new agreement.

      One that’s way too late in the day is the insurance issue. UK Financial Companies have been warned for over a year (iirc) that they need to establish a European base to continue to offer insurance and financial services. Most have done so. It seems a redundant bit of legislation unless the Central Bank is way behind on processing the approvals. But to only be doing this 30 days before Brexit seems a bit late, again unless there’s been a hold up in approving and they need more time.

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