DUPed Britannia – What a humiliation!

Remember: Brexit is a British policy.

It’s  one that Britain has imposed on the rest of us in  Europe.

It’s causing enormous difficulties for everybody, particularly  Ireland.

The Dilemma

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The UK has to choose:
Leave the single market and customs union and insist on a Hard land Border between NI and the ROI. This will cause thousands of jobs losses in NI, enormous anger in Border communities, and throughout the island of Ireland.

Leave Ireland. Place the EU border in the Irish Sea, so that the Irish and British living in Ireland will continue to live, work and trade as we do now.

 

Which is it to be?

Background:
At present the ROI/NI border is only political.
The Irish government wants a written guarantee that there will be no change i.e. no hard border with Northern Ireland
This can be achieved by keeping NI in the single market and customs union
But PM May has repeatedly stated Britain will leave the single market and customs union.
And –

Immagine correlata

propping up PM May’s government, with their “reasonable demands”  are 10 DUP MPs after agreeing to be paid £1 billion

PM May has to do the bidding of her political masters  the DUP  if her government wants to get enough votes  for a majority in Westminster – on any issue or Bill.

In other words: the DUP now determines the future of the UK, not the government and not the  MPs the people voted for.

Comment: How humiliating for PM May and Westminster Parliament !

Eclipsed by the DUP! 

The DUP warned it would never accept a deal that would push a customs border back to the Irish Sea.

Arlene Foster wrote letters to 27 EU Heads of State to tell them so!

Comments: That’ll go down well!

Didn’t she know she’s supposed to address all Brexit correspondence to M. Barnier?

Perhaps God told her to write these letters.

Her Deputy Dodds seems to believe the result of the 2017 general election  was a special gift from God to the DUP.

Comment: How humiliating for PM May and Westminster Parliament!

Eclipsed by the DUP!  And their God – the Protestant God of Ulster!

What is the DUP priority?

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Maintaining and fomenting hatred of SF, Irish nationalists, republicans, uppity equality-seeking Catholics and other individuals  like the LBGT community, women who want to have a legal abortion, victims of sectarian murders and the UK armed forces, Croppies who will not lie down.And the Republic of Ireland.

Why do the DUP want Brexit?

  1. to mount a direct attack on the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement which they have never supported. Hence their calls for “Direct Westminster Rule now!”
  2. to stop a referendum on a United Ireland which, according to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement can be held only at the discretion of the NI Secretary of State, currently Mr James Brokenshire).

NB: Unionists are already a minority in NI and could lose.

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3)  to appear to be “defending” Ulster from moves to unify the Island of Ireland

Arlene Foster envisages herself and her party as battling against the traditional enemy in Ireland while Britain sees off the enemy in Europe.

This is the DUP worldview – past, present and  . . . .

Remember: 1)The future well-being of their own constituents, never mind everyone else in Ireland, Scotland and the UK, is secondary to the DUP’s outdated ideology.

2) The DUP is not more powerful than Leo Varadkar. Or the EU negotiators. Or the British government.Or the British Establishment
Who is Arlene Foster?

  • DUP Leader who
    • presided over a botched energy scandal that wasted about £450 million
    • refused to resign over it, which brought down the power sharing administration in Stormont
  • associates with Loyalist paramilitary associations
    • is acting against the expressed “will of the people” – as 56%of NI voters voted to “Remain” majority
    • has no official political role in government (Stormont is no longer functional). Even if it were restarted, as first minister Arlene Foster would have to take into account the views of Sinn Fein and other minor parties
    • was never elected as MP in Westminster
    • speaks only for the DUP and her constituents
    • appears to suffer from some deep psychological dysfunction as she cares more about upsetting Catholics/Irish nationalists and Republicans than the future of the UK or Ireland.

What electoral support do the DUP have ?
None in England, Wales or Scotland, 1o Westminster MPs from NI

Remember: Sinn Fein holds the counties on both sides of the NI/ROI border

Immagine correlata

What is the DUP mandate?
Keep NI within the UK. Diverge as much as possible from the ROI.

Remember: The DUP have held too much sway in Northern Ireland for much too long a time and now they are trying the same bully boy tactics in Westminster.

On what authority can the DUP dictate anything?
The authority of £1 billion

Comment: How humiliating for PM May and Westminster Parliament!

Eclipsed by the DUP! 

And their God – the Protestant God of Ulster!

And by the money PM May herself sanctioned for them!

What potential damage can the DUP  do?
1. Guarantee No deal at the end of the Brexit negotiations.
2. Wreck the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (which they never supported anyway). So this probably one of their aims
3. Damage the UK economy, the Irish economy and the EU economy.
4. Precipitate a return to sectarian violence (but provide plenty of jobs and overtime for their security forces). So this probably another of their aims
5. Risk the break-up of the UK. Scotland has said it wants to remain in the single market and customs union at a minimum as every constituency in Scotland voted to remain in the EU

Remember: 1) The DUP don’t care about Brexit. Or its outcome. Or the damage it may do to England and Wales,  or to Scotland or Ireland.

They only care about stopping a united Ireland and Brexit serves their purpose.

Collective narcissism, anybody?

Will the Conservative & Unionist Party face down Europe & the Irish Government?
Will it block itself from starting trade talks,  because of  NI which is less than 3% of the UK population?
And because of the DUP, an extremist party which has approximately 1.5% of votes in  the UK?

And none outside of Northern Ireland?

Comment: How humiliating for PM May and Westminster Parliament!

Eclipsed by the DUP! 

And their God – the Protestant God of Ulster!

And by the money PM May herself sanctioned for them!

And now held to ransom by a tiny minority of hard-right extremists from NI

What will the EU do?
Most probably refuse  PM May’s dearest wish  to start  Trade Discussions until she comes up with a workable solution to the biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in Ireland – the DUP and its hold over her government and Westminster

 

PM May will have to devise some means  to neutralise the bigots who are keeping her in power.

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Irish Foreign Minister Mr Simon Coveney

“I don’t think that the solutions for the permanent new relationship between Britain and Ireland and Britain and the EU should be subject to one political party of any hue.

“Lots of parties on the island of Ireland have a view here, and I think we need to try to take all of those views on board”.

 

REFS and PICS

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nigel-dodds-dup-democratic-unionist-party-deal-theresa-may-government-hung-parliament-a8075606.html

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/brexit/brexit-simon-coveney-urges-uk-to-remain-in-customs-union-36117771.html

https://www.lospaziobianco.it/lonework/brexit-5-vignette/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41975416
https://www.cartoonmovement.com/cartoon/31597
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/14/cartoons-best-of-theresa-mays-big-blunders/
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/25/phil-hogan-ireland-eu-commissioner-brexit-chaos
http://www.lbc.co.uk/news/uk/theresa-may-playing-brexit-whack-a-mole-as-ir/
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/conservatives-dup-deal-today-latest-theresa-may-1-billion-ignore-voters-arlene-foster-tories-brexit-a7808716.html

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinion/the-dup-s-hand-isn-t-as-strong-as-they-think-and-they-should-play-it-very-carefully-1-8273772

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/research-links-brexit-vote-xenophobia-narcissism/27/11/

https://conatusnews.com/we-should-be-worried-about-theresa-mays-conference-speech/

http://www.agoramagazine.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=20876:il-negoziato-sulla-brexit-si-e-arenato-irrimediabilmente&Itemid=484

REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN – Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) – RTR3FFSM

2 thoughts on “DUPed Britannia – What a humiliation!

  1. I wonder, with the stepping down of Mr Adams could that be an opening for SF to take their seats in the Westminster parliament. Cancelling the DUP support (almost), perhaps making a vote of no confidence likely. Apparently Mr Corbyn is wavering over brexit, again. Might he, at last, vote against the government.

    A resetting of the brexit decision or article 50 would solve the Irish border problem. The problem of dealing with people who believe they have God on their side isn’t so easy. Time will do it, democracy doesn’t (1.5%!). Reunification is inevitable, right and logical for it to happen with the least acrimony we need several hard winters and then their God will take them.

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  2. Thanks for commenting Alan.

    I doubt if SF will ever take their seats in Westminster – they don’t want the UK involved in ireland and so reciprocally they don’t want to interfere in any way in UK government. Furthermore, as republicans they don’t want to swear an oath to the Queen. Their abstentionist policy is very long-standing and would need to be changed by their Ard Fheis. I don’t see that happening any time soon .

    We are all aware of the easiest ways of solving the irish border question within the UK’s decision to brexit. The DUP oppose them all – so humiliating for PM May’s government and the Westminster MPs to be held to ransom by them!

    Isn’t it time those Westminster MPs did something to remove themselves from such a position?
    Rather than expecting SF – who have no interest in Westminster workings – to compromise their manifesto and make a probably futile attempt to fix it for them?

    PS something may be stirring among Westminster MPs.
    Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, issues a coded warning to the prime minister today, hinting that his party could trigger a vote of no-confidence in her Brexit strategy unless she succeeds in moving the talks on to trade and transition.
    https://behindthepaywallblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/keir-starmer-gives-theresa-may-two-weeks-to-save-brexit-talks-and-her-job/

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