Theresa Villiers and Owen Paterson Follow 24 July 2018 • 7:00pm Even at the height of the Troubles with 27,000 armed security personnel, a “hard” border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was a practical impossibility. It is now completely undesirable, which is why no one is arguing in its favour. Despite this, headlines predicting checkpoints and unmanageable delays have been allowed to set the tone of the debate. But it must be remembered that a border already exists – in currency, VAT, excise duties and security. In all our conversations with business people and politicians on both sides of the border, not one has said that the current arrangements present problems. This is because they are handled through a combination of technology... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about Why is the European Commission only listening to the Irish Republic on Brexit?
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HITTING the buffers? In a week dominated by trains, Theresa May suffered a bad derailing during PMQs today. A year on from her Election nightmare, the Government’s Brexit paralysis came back to haunt the Prime Minister as Jeremy Corbyn enjoyed one of his strongest showings yet in the weekly Westminster showdown. And his thumping victory left Tory backbenchers staring at their phones and wondering how it had come to this. The PM ducked and dived as the Labour leader urged her to clarify when the Government’s Brexit White Paper will be published – given the Sun’s revelations at David Davis’ fury over yet more delays. He pushed the PM on the “bonkers” post-Brexit, buffer zone customs plan for Northern Ireland. Then came the zinger: “This Government has delivered more cancellations and more delays than Northern Rail. "Which will last longer: The Northern Rail franchise or her premiership?” The floundering PM was left to highlight the … [Read more...] about Theresa May derailed by Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn enjoys easy ride bashing the PM on the customs union chaos
The News Letter asked Theresa Villiers and Arlene Foster about something that they had said in their consecutive talks to the Policy Exchange conference in London (see below for main story on the event). Ms Villiers had outlined some of the detailed proposals that the British government had put forward to solve the border problem and Mrs Foster had said that those who were trying to use the border as a wedge would fail.We asked them about the perception that in fact it seemed at times that such tactics, including hardline tactics from Dublin, were proving successful and that it might even seem as if Britain was being quite weak in response to the tactics.Ms Villiers in her reply sidestepped the question about the UK having seemed weak, and said: “We need to continue to make the positive case for settling this in a sensible way. It is in nobody’s interest to introduce unnecessary new infrastructure at the border.“As I set out in my speech we have now got a wave of … [Read more...] about Foster slams the ‘aggressive’ stance of Dublin over Brexit and border
DUP leader Arlene Foster has said Dublin's "very aggressive" Brexit stance has left unionists wondering if it is an attempt to claim the north. Mrs Foster also hit out at former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major over the positions they have taken on the Northern Ireland border issue. Speaking at a conference on unionism in London, the DUP leader dismissed as "myths" claims Brexit would see a return to a hard border with checkpoints if the UK leaves the customs union. The DUP leader said Dublin's attitude had hardened since Leo Varadkar became taoiseach last year. She said: "Our worry as unionists has been... the very, very aggressive nature of the Irish government. That has been a change, it has to be said, from the last government, from Enda Kenny's government. "It has been quite aggressive. And that leads a lot of unionists in Northern Ireland to think 'is this just about the European Union, or is it about something else? Is it about trying to claim the fourth … [Read more...] about Arlene Foster questions if Dublin’s Brexit stance is ‘an attempt to claim north’
News / UK and world by Press Association May 21, 2018, 2:18 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter DUP leader Arlene Foster has said Dublin’s “very aggressive” Brexit stance has left unionists wondering if it is an attempt to claim Northern Ireland. Mrs Foster also hit out at former prime ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major over the positions they have taken on the Northern Ireland border issue. Speaking at a conference on unionism in London, the DUP leader dismissed as “myths” claims Brexit would see a return to a hard border with checkpoints if the UK leaves the customs union. The DUP leader said Dublin’s attitude had hardened since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach last year. She said: “Our worry as unionists has been… the very, very aggressive nature of the Irish government. That has been a change, it has to be said, from the last government, from Enda Kenny’s government. … [Read more...] about Arlene Foster hits out at Dublin’s ‘very aggressive’ Brexit stance