Boiler wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:36 am
So Johnson and Cummings have played a blinder then - it's all the EU's fault if a border appears? This country does seem to be heading into maverick status.
This same idea was being suggested in some "No deal" quarters well before the first 29 March deadline.
The problem is that those whom are propagating such an idea are not as clever as they think they are.
They ignore the fact that is the unilateral action of the UK that has led to this scenario. Not setting up barriers while trying to reverse the burden of their actions doesn't wash the dirt off their hands.
Every border constituency in NI voted for remain by significant margins, and coincidentally also all voted for Sinn Fein in the last General & By Election. If Brexshitters think that they'll convince most people in those areas that it's the EU & the Freestaters that's responsible for any form of "hard" border and has nothing to do with them, they're in for a major shock.
The Irish government, and the EU, will almost certainly be aware of this card trick potentially being played. Expect them to be well prepared to respond to Brexiteer curveballs on the issue, particularly on the issue of "the EU is forcing Ireland to erect a border". I predict that the EU & Ireland will mention about looking to respect international laws, rules and consensus against the backdrop of the UK's government actions.
Schrödinger's Border: Vote "leave" to apparently take back control of immigration whilst simultaneously leave a great fucking big backdoor open by not bothering to man or secure your land border.
Every other non-EU country: "What's that? The British government is allowing everything to cross into Northern Ireland without any tariffs or checks? Get on the phone and tell them that if they won't do the same at their seaports and airports in Britain or shit is going to get real." The result? Good luck trying to get trade deals sorted when either they already have tariff free access to the UK or you flagrantly breach WTO rules and create an international shitstorm.
Then everyone else gets to import tariff free into the UK? Kiss goodbye to most if not all of your primary & secondary work sectors as well as other business sectors reliant on those employed in them. Enjoy throwing millions on to Universal Credit. IDS then gets secretly evacuated out of the country.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Washington, USA: the folks there aren't stupid (well, most of them are) and Pelosi has already ruled out any post-Brexit UKUSA trade deal if the UK acts to threaten the GFA. And not just Pelosi, a number of Reps & Senators with notable Irish American links have been singing from the same hymn sheet. So, good luck Johnson, your country of birth won't give you what you want, eh?
Potential result? By impressing no one but themselves and their lickspittles, Britain gets looked upon abroad in two ways - either as the boy who's got no friends and faps far too much, or as the deadbeat dad of the international community.