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Thread: Brexit and the Irish border

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    practical experience, FTW autumnleaf's Avatar
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    It just became even more farcical.

    As the day unfolded like an episode of The Thick of It, the politicians in Brussels found themselves upstaged by a bitter historical drama in Ireland that has caused heartache and misery for many before them. Careful diplomatic choreography that was intended to please audiences in both Dublin and Belfast left everyone flat on their faces.

    The UK and the EU/RoI appeared to have reached a deal, where there would be "regulatory alignment" between NI and RoI, aleviating the need for border checks between the two. Some compromise seemed to have been reached...

    And then the DUP rejected it.

    The Democratic Unionist party (DUP):
    - Are hardline, "no surrender" unionists
    - Are socially conservative (against abortion and same-sex marriage, and not too convinced about evolution and climate change)
    - Have historical links to the terrorist UVF
    - Got 28% of the NI vote (<1% of the UK vote) in the last General Election

    But they are currently keeping the Tories in government. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, called the arrangement between the Tories and the DUP "a grubby deal".

    Sometimes satire is all you've got:
    Last edited by autumnleaf; 12-05-2017 at 06:23 PM. Reason: spelling
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