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Boris Johnson defends Brexit change to avoid UK 'carve-up'

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Though I'm obviously not a party to the negotiations between the UK and EU, the claim Bojo is making is not credible. One must home that Parliament stops this change from going through otherwise the EU will erect a hard border between the Republic if Ireland and (UK occupied) Northern Ireland. Bojo is a half wit to think otherwise.

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One must hope, not home. No way to correct posts after the fact. Apologies.

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The "stable door" is wide open and the Scots are leaving the building". Bye-bye UK. The perfidious Tory wrecking crew will have left another of their trademark "fine messes" behind for the English to clean up again.

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The EU negotiators have back all 27 member states into into a corner.

Boris Johnson Government has deemed this as a hostile act, sections and possibility the entire withdrawal agreement could well be revoked/repelled.

In his newspaper column, Johnson wrote he was “now hearing” that unless his government agrees to the EU's terms in the trade discussions, then the bloc will use “an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.”

“I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK," the prime minister wrote.

If these statements are a clear veracious truth, then Boris Johnson Government has justified reason to take measures to rectify the situation, without fear or favor.   

 

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Threats to blockade and separate the integrity of the United Kingdom cannot and must not be taken lightly.

No quarter.

EU commission, its institutions have no one to blame but themselves.

UK, no more a friendly partner, but a belligerent, angry, antagonistic, adversary parked 43.78km away.

Theresa Mays blundering incompetence in Government has festered, the consequences are now front center.

Johnson's’ Government must confront, quite rightly, this EU carbuncle of bureaucratic bullying.

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Boris needs to stop talking to Trump and look at the UK needs and position in Europe. If the ***** hits the fan for England, NOBODY in Europe will come to their aid regardless of what Brits have done in the past.  

Boris is destroying UK in the same way Trump is destroying America. The only difference is the UK is an island and more vulnerable than the USA.

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The "stable door" is wide open and the Scots are leaving the building". Bye-bye UK.

That may indeed be the case but beware it may be a pyrrhic victory. If the Scots think a newly independent Scottish nation will automatically be accepted into the EU they may wish to think again. Acension into the ranks of the EU requires the unanimous consent of the rest of the nations of the EU. It is not clear whether or not Spain will vote to accept Scotland into the EU. There have been contradictory statements from Spanish politicians on the matter and consideration must be given to the Spanish not wanting to give Catalonia any reason to be further encouraged to leave Spain. The viability of an independent Scotland denied access to the EU is open to question. It may be a case of the Scots being as mule headed about independence as Bojo is about Brexit, with inadequate consideration of possible negative consequences. The old rule in wood working is "measure twice, cut once". Scotland needs to get busy with the tape measure before pulling sawing away.

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Scotland may also have to worry about a Belgian veto as Belgium deals with a Flemish movement to split Belgium and create a separate nation for Flemish speakers or the more extreme desire of some to unify Flanders with the Netherlands.

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Bah just get the break-up en route already. Brexit was always going to disintegrate the UK. All I know for sure is nobody wants the Welsh.

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It is going to be ironic that the IRA goal of a united, independent Ireland is going to be achieved by them having agreed to a peace deal where they accepted the situation caused by Imperialist thinking.

The same sort of arrogance and racism that drove the British to, through ethnic cleansing and population transfer, turn part of Ireland into a piece of the United Kingdom, is what fueled the Brexit movement and the notion that the UK can literally force the EU into giving the UK all the benefits of EU membership without it having to respect any of the rules that make the EU work.

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The same sort of arrogance and racism that drove the British to, through ethnic cleansing and population transfer, turn part of Ireland into a piece of the United Kingdom, is what fueled the Brexit movement and the notion that the UK can literally force the EU into giving the UK all the benefits of EU membership without it having to respect any of the rules that make the EU work.

It's disconcerting that people think this.

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I fully respect the UK's democratic choice to leave the EU. And I offer my sincere best wishes to the UK on this. It is their own business, not mine. But changing the Norhern Ireland Protocol (An Internationally binding agreement, which is one of the vital threads holding the peace process in place) is absolutely another thing altogether. It is reckless and totally unacceptable. Unforunately the Uk's breaking international law when it comes to the north of Ireland is nothing new. Hipocracy and double-standards have consistently been the hallmark of Britains abitrary abuse of the application of the law there. Be this by making its own laws to persecute Irish catholics or to protect criminal acts by supporters or representatives of Britain against the catholic pupulation or simply chosing, whenever it suits them, to egnore International Human Rights laws and court rulings ( The ECJ being a good example). But this time they are not just bullying the Catholics of the north of Ireland they are slapping the face of the EU and the USA, and even Britich leaders such as John major, who did their bect for peace.

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