I learnt a new word over the weekend
That’s it above.
Tony Connolly explained what it meant in an RTE article about
legalizing the pre-Christmas “sufficient progress” agreement between the UK and the EU.
For the Irish government “operationalise” is the key word in legalising the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
It means things are to be set out clearly, with no wriggle room for
We know you of old!
We’ve got your measure!
And so have our gallant allies in Europe!
The Irish government wants clear instructions on how exactly “maintaining full alignment” will actually work in practice
How it will be pinned down in law in such a way that respects the EU rulebook across the board
The European Commission Task Force, alongside the Commission’s legal services, got on to the job!
On Wednesday we will see the full legal text of Britain’s Withdrawal Agreement
Northern Ireland remains under the EU’s regulatory regime so a hard border can be avoided
It will accept a range of EU customs and single market rules, including future changes.
They will be controlled by the EU and interpreted by EU courts.
Alternative options to avoid a border are not drawn up or made explicit.
You may remember the EU have been calling on the UK govt to verbalise/write down their practical proposals (not aspirations, desires, cake, cherries etc) for quite some time
And have got nowhere
It is still waiting for feasible UK proposals to avoid the “full alignment” plan
UK hopes that special technology will help avoid a hard border are viewed as “magical thinking” .
So the EU legal eagles have powered on ahead. After all as
M.Barnier has often reminded everyone
Time now appears to be running out if everything is to be ready for ratification in the autumn of this year
The EU “operationalised” what practical information they had to hand.
And the upshot of it all is
that the border will be moved into the Irish Sea
because the EU says there can’t be one between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (as the UK agreed December)
If the UK insists on a border between the UK and the EU, then it has to be between the UK mainland and Northern Ireland
There’s no place else for it to go.
Query: What about the DUP and its hard-Brexit stance?
Ian Paisley shouted the archaic call for “No Surrender” to the EU in Westminster
as he accused the bloc of trying to blackmail and bully Britain
The DUP will not be
“We agree” say the EU “your deal is with PM May”
“ It’s an internal UK issue. Nothing to do with us!Sort it out among yourselves.”
Now Arlene and the DUP have a choice –
PM Theresa May and and Irish sea border or Jeremy Corbyn and a United Ireland.
Remember 1) unless the UK signs up to part 1, there’s no movement on part II of the withdrawal negotiations
2) The UK is proposing to break the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement as it doesn’t suit their version of Brexit
3) The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is an international treaty between two sovereign governments.
It is underpinned by the USA and the EU. It is registered with the United Nations.
And the UN governs it.
Breaking it means
if one of the permanent members of the UN security council started flouting international law.
4) The UK started this Brexit process.
The Republic of Ireland was not involved in any way. NI did not vote for it
We will not be victims of it.