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Northern Ireland: the great drift of Brexit


Posted on Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 18:03Updated Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 18:15

Post-Brexit Northern Ireland, no longer governed “As an integral part of the United Kingdom”, says Axel Kane, one of the Irish Times commentators.

“To shoehorn Northern Ireland into the suburban flag of the protocol [entre Londres et Bruxelles, NDLR] is one thing, to make it more difficult for its inhabitants to buy seeds, sausages, to place orders on the Internet in supermarkets, as well as to require ‘passports’ for their pets when traveling in Britain, is another ”, says the commentator.

According to this protocol, Northern Ireland remains de facto in the European customs union and single market. This introduced controls on freight coming from Great Britain. “The avalanche” restrictions affect everyone, says Alex Kane. All this is bad news for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which “Prayed that a miracle would mask the potential chaos in trade from the eyes of his constituents”writes Alex Kane, former communications director of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).

On Sunday, the DUP lodged a complaint against the “protocol” which entered into force in January.

For the “Irish Times”, unionists must now be aware of“An unpleasant reality for them: they are only an unwanted part of the United Kingdom”. A message already suggested by a protocol that pushes them to Dublin [la république d’Irlande, NDLR] and Brussels and away from London, Cardiff and Edinburgh, concludes Alex Kane.

This could satisfy Sinn Féin, favorable to the reunification of the two Ireland. It also remains to be seen whether the Scots’ desire to remain in the European Union will lead them to divorce with England and Wales.



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