Brexit: Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar warns nations UK might not keep its word
By SEAMLESS DAILY
13 October 2021
Ireland's deputy PM has warned governments doing trade deals with the UK that it is a nation that "doesn't necessarily keep its word".
He made the comment after Dominic Cummings suggested the UK had always intended to tear up the Brexit deal it signed with the EU in 2019.
Boris Johnson's ex-adviser said the plan had been to "ditch the bits we didn't like" after winning power.
mr johnson fought the 2019 election on a "get brexit done.
the uk wants to change the deal to allow goods to circulate more freely between great britain and northern ireland.
On Tuesday, the UK's Brexit minister Lord Frost proposed plans for an entirely new protocol to replace the existing one.
when the prime minister did finally comprehend, said mr cummings, "he never understood what leaving customs union meant.
she said the eu had done what it had promised to do.
In July this year, Mr Cummings told the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg the Irish government had also wanted to "fudge things" and "it suited both sides to sign up to something that was not what either side had really wanted and which punted difficult questions into the future".
"But those comments are very alarming because that would indicate that this is a government, an administration, that acted in bad faith and that message needs to be heard around the world.
"At the moment they 're going around the world, they 're trying to negotiate new trade agreements ... "Surely the message must go out to all countries around the world that this is a British government that doesn't necessarily keep its word and doesn't necessarily honour the agreements it makes.
The EU is to set out proposals later to address the row about trade in Northern Ireland.
The EU's proposals, which it calls far-reaching, are expected to involve reduced checks on goods and medicines.
European Commission Vice-President Maros Šefčovič said the new proposals for the protocol would be "very far-reaching" and that he hoped they would be seen as such.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson said that central to any EU proposal was that "Northern Ireland is free from being part of the European single market" and that laws governing Northern Ireland should be made in the UK, rather than Brussels.
"I hope the UK government is serious about moving on in partnership," he added.
The problem is that's too much for the EU to stomach.
That's too little for Lord Frost who has tabled an alternative version which would strip out references to the continued application of EU law in Northern Ireland and eliminate the role of the European Court of Justice.
Which means the next crunch point is likely to be in mid-November.
That could lead to retaliation by the EU, potentially including new tariffs on British imports.
Something you could describe as a trade war.
In a speech to diplomats in Portugal on Tuesday, Lord Frost described his new legal text as "a better way forward".
He said his proposed text would amend the Northern Ireland Protocol and support the Good Friday Agreement.
It's a distraction.
"They have listened to the concerns of businesses and people who were hurt by the symbolic dimension of borders and they have moved quite substantially," added Ms Hanna.
Five years later, Lord Frost is the cabinet minister for making a hard Brexit harder.
The root of his frustration is that Northern Ireland is still in the single market ( with benefits that were obvious to his younger self ).
Now Downing Street takes the view that it was a terrible deal after all, foisted on Britain by spiteful continentals who, egged on by devious Dublin, bamboozled Theresa May into agreeing that Brexit created a moral conundrum around Northern Ireland.
His speech was a threat veiled in a promise : give back the filched sovereignty and a new era of happy UK-EU cooperation can dawn.
General buyer's remorse does not constitute the kind of emergency envisaged in the treaty as justification for that action.
But it does not bode well that Frost's speech was timed the day before the European Commission publishes proposed adaptations of the protocol.
Johnson and Frost believe that playing hardball with the EU worked in 2019, to get the withdrawal agreement, and again in 2020, to get a free trade deal.
The fact that the government is already reneging, and insisting on rewrites, rather proves the opposite.
He knows that the single market and the court are one package.
Frost is asking to erase a fundamental basis of all Brexit negotiation, resetting the clock to June 2017, expiating May's original sin in accepting the primacy of the Irish border issue; retracting Britain ’ s concession that it is any kind of issue at all.
As one former cabinet colleague puts it : "Boris doesn't give a stuff about Northern Ireland."
It is a project that makes the leader ’ s interest synonymous with the wellbeing of the people.
The whole point of Brexit is that the United Kingdom should be free to forge its own path in the world, under the watchful eye of the only government it's ever had that has been stupid enough to want to do it.
( And one that has felt the need to bring a very dimly regarded diplomat called David Frost back from semi-retirement at the Scotch Whisky Association in order to make it happen, but he hasn ’ t actually managed to make it happen, which is why he ’ s still at it. )
He would also claim that "low taxes, free speech, and the maximum possible amount of economic and political freedom for individuals, are the best choices we could make as a country".
that the eu will never change its ways was, once upon a time, one of the main reasons given by him and his mates for wanting to leave in the first place.
And now, here we are, angrily demanding it be all the things it isn ’ t, to solve a problem entirely of Frost and Co ’ s making.
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