raab, johnson, cummings etc are all anglo fucking nazis, damn them

No-deal Brexit will see hard border go up between Ireland and UK, warns EU president Juncker
Lizzy Buchan, Independent, Sep 22 2019

Jean-Claude Juncker has warned there will have to be controls at the border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In an outspoken interview, the EC president said he wanted to reach an agreement with the UK, but the EU had to protect the safety of its citizens. He told Sky News’s Ridge on Sunday:

We have to make sure that the interests of the EU and of the internal market will be preserved. An animal entering NI without border control can enter the EU without any kind of control via the southern part of the Irish island. This will not happen. We have to preserve the health and the safety of our citizens.

Meanwhile, foreign secretary Dominic Raab rejected any suggestion that NI could have different customs and regulatory arrangements from the rest of the UK, telling BBC1’s Andrew Marr:

As a general overarching [arrangement] across all of the rules, no, of course that would be wrong. There couldn’t be an NI-only backstop in its entirety in the way it was proposed previously. But on agri-food, and the question of the way the island of Ireland is already managed, that is something in a very discrete area where we can continue talking. But it must have the consent of the parties in NI. I think what’s necessary now is for the EU to match some of the words that we heard from Jean-Claude Juncker with the detailed negotiations to remove the undemocratic backstop, to be clear we can transition to a best-in-class free trade agreement. I think that would be good for the UK but also for the EU.

Juncker sought to blame the UK for any fallout caused by a no-deal Brexit, amid frustration in EU circles over perceived attempts from the UK government to shift responsibility away from London. He fired off a warning that a no deal could see a return to the violence of the past, saying:

I don’t like a border, because after the Good Friday Agreement, and this Good Friday Agreement has to be respected in all its parts, the situation in Ireland has improved. We should not play with this. Sometimes I have to question that some people are forgetting about the history. The EU is in no way responsible for any kind of consequences entailed by the Brexit. That’s a British decision, a sovereign decision that we are respecting, but don’t try to charge the EU with the responsibility. The EU is not leaving the UK, the UK is leaving the EU. The UK is responsible, because we did not invent the Brexit. We were never pleading in favour of any kind of Brexit. That’s a British decision, and so it has to be dealt with in that way.

His comments came after a meeting with Mr Johnson in Luxembourg last week, when the country’s prime minister Xavier Bettel left an empty podium for his UK counterpart at a press conference. Mr Juncker said:

I don’t know if this is helpful. I rather consider that this was not very helpful, but it’s his decision.

2 Comments

  1. PB
    Posted September 22, 2019 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    So much for the grand Globalist ideal of the borderless world that has been so aggressively sold to us this last few years.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted September 23, 2019 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Yes, and the break-up into competing subcontinental regions defined by import tariff arrangements seems deceptively easy until one notices Pindostan’s “offshore balancers,” poised to wreck any such arrangements.

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