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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It always takes some time with these people, and they are still at the 'Breathing through mouth, vacant look in eyes' stage.
    . . . and in the meantime they'll post a witty picture that purportedly shows a victory over some imaginary 'enemy' (in this case France, but it could be Germany, Brussels, the EU, Eire, Italy etc...). . . when there was no victory to be had and snark has replaced any semblance of reason.

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    The sad but inescapable truth that is now laid bare for even the dullest brained among the Bozo sycophants is that the average English voter from the lower end, the addled and deluded, and the merely bigoted has no interest in clean politics and will accept any amount of corruption, sleaze and crony capitalism as long as they get what they were promised when they voted to leave the EU i.e golden prancing unicorns, endless holidayz in sun dappled uplands showered with money from the magic tree and an end to foreigners.

    Every nation in the democratic world gets the government they deserve and in Bozo's circus of the crooked shyster the loathsome parochial English have certainly found the right level of squalid slime to represent them.

    Shitty government, shitty country, shitty people.

    Fuck 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    an end to foreigners.
    Most EU members are shocked by the seventeenth century outlook of Shitti Patel's 'new' immigration policy.

    The heartlessness of it would make many of the UK's most respected holders of high office through history turn in their graves.

    Meanwhile, when COVID restrictions are lifted Britons will head out to a hotel or restaurant and find it barely staffed or still shut as almost all of the cleaners, servers etc have left.

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    I think this lady just answered the OP's question.
    Read the Queen's Speech in full:

    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons.
    My Government’s priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 October. My Government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly cooperation.
    My Ministers will work to implement new regimes for fisheries, agriculture and trade, seizing the opportunities that arise from leaving the European Union. An immigration bill, ending free movement, will lay the foundation for a fair, modern and global immigration system. My Government remains committed to ensuring that resident European citizens, who have built their lives in, and contributed so much to, the United Kingdom, have the right to remain. The bill will include measures that reinforce this commitment . Steps will be taken to provide certainty, stability and new opportunities for the financial services and legal sectors.
    My Government’s new economic plan will be underpinned by a responsible fiscal strategy, investing in economic growth while maintaining the sustainability of the public finances.
    Measures will be brought forward to support and strengthen the National Health Service, its workforce and resources, enabling it to deliver the highest quality care. New laws will be taken forward to help implement the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan in England, and to establish an independent body to investigate serious healthcare incidents.
    My Government will bring forward proposals to reform adult social care in England to ensure dignity in old age. My Ministers will continue work to reform the Mental Health Act to improve respect for, and care of, those receiving treatment.
    My Government is committed to addressing violent crime, and to strengthening public confidence in the criminal justice system. New sentencing laws will see that the most serious offenders spend longer in custody to reflect better the severity of their crimes. Measures will be introduced to improve the justice system’s response to foreign national offenders. My Government will work to improve safety and security in prisons and to strengthen the rehabilitation of offenders. Proposals will be brought forward to ensure that victims receive the support they need and the justice they deserve. Laws will be introduced to ensure that the parole system recognizes the pain to victims and their families caused by offenders refusing to disclose information relating to their crimes.
    A new duty will be placed on public sector bodies, ensuring they work together to address serious violence. Police officers will be provided with the protections they need to keep the population safe. They will also be awarded the power to arrest individuals who are wanted by trusted international partners.
    My Government will bring forward measures to protect individuals, families and their homes. Legislation will transform the approach of the justice system and other agencies to victims of domestic abuse, and minimize the impact of divorce, particularly on children. My Ministers will continue to develop proposals to improve internet safety, and will bring forward laws to implement new building safety standards.
    My Ministers will ensure that all young people have access to an excellent education, unlocking their full potential and preparing them for the world of work. My Government will take steps to make work fairer, introducing measures that will support those working hard. To help people plan for the future, measures will be brought forward to provide simpler oversight of pensions savings. To protect people’s savings for later life, new laws will provide greater powers to tackle irresponsible management of private pension schemes.
    To ensure that the benefits of a prospering economy reach every corner of the United Kingdom, my Ministers will bring forward a National Infrastructure Strategy. This will set out a long-term vision to improve the nation’s digital, transport and energy infrastructure. New legislation will help accelerate the delivery of fast, reliable and secure broadband networks to millions of homes. An aviation bill will provide for the effective and efficient management of the United Kingdom’s airspace Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill. Proposals on railway reform will be brought forward.
    A white paper will be published to set out my Government’s ambitions for unleashing regional potential in England, and to enable decisions that affect local people to be made at a local level.
    My Government is committed to establishing the United Kingdom as a world-leader in scientific capability and space technology. Increased investment in science will be complemented by the development of a new funding agency, a more open visa system, and an ambitious national space strategy.
    My Ministers remain committed to protecting and improving the environment for future generations. For the first time, environmental principles will be enshrined in law. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive. Legislation will also create new legally-binding environmental improvement targets. A new, world-leading independent regulator will be established in statute to scrutinize environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action.
    Proposals will also be brought forward to promote and protect the welfare of animals, including banning imports from trophy hunting.
    The integrity and prosperity of the union that binds the four nations of the United Kingdom is of the utmost importance to my Government. My Ministers will bring forward measures to support citizens across all the nations of the United Kingdom.
    My Government remains committed to working with all parties in Northern Ireland to support the return of devolved government and to address the legacy of the past.
    My Government will take steps to protect the integrity of democracy and the electoral system in the United Kingdom.
    My Government will continue to invest in our gallant Armed Forces. My Ministers will honor the Armed Forces Covenant and the NATO commitment to spend at least two per cent of national income on defense.
    As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, my Government will ensure that it continues to play a leading role in global affairs, defending its interests and promoting its values.
    My Government will be at the forefront of efforts to solve the most complex international security issues. It will champion global free trade and work alongside international partners to solve the most pressing global challenges. It will prioritize tackling climate change and ensuring that all girls have access to twelve years of quality education.
    Members of the House of Commons.
    Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.
    My Lords and Members of the House of Commons.
    Other measures will be laid before you.
    I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by havnfun View Post
    I think this lady just answered the OP's question.
    The question of 20,754 posts ago?

    Yup - gotta be deeks.

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    cyrille

    Most EU members are shocked by the seventeenth century outlook of Shitti Patel's 'new' immigration policy.

    The heartlessness of it would make many of the UK's most respected holders of high office through history turn in their graves.

    ..... and in other news today

    France should suspend all immigration from outside EU for up to five years, Michel Barnier says
    France should suspend all immigration from outside EU for up to five years, Michel Barnier says | The Independent

    Michel Barnier calls for non-EU immigration into France to be suspended for up to five years
    The EU's former Brexit negotiator has seen an electoral opportunity 'and he is right', said Nigel Farage

    Michel Barnier calls for non-EU immigration into France to be suspended for up to five years


    when restricting immigration was cited as one of our reasons for wanting to leave the eu, the british were labelled fascists, racists and "little englanders" and of course northern scum, now barnier of all people, torturer in chief to the uk, is going one step further.

    even for the eu, this level of hypocrisy is quite stunning.

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    and from the guardian,




    EU states cooperating informally to deny refugees asylum rights – report


    Beatings, thefts and dog attacks are just some of the border police practices migrants say they face when pushed back from Europe’s frontiers


    Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo and Helena Smith in Athens
    Wed 12 May 2021 15.04 BST

    Informal cooperation between states has prevented thousands of women, men and children from seeking protection in Europe this year, according to a report released by nine human rights organisations.

    The Protecting Rights at Borders (Prab) initiative has recorded 2,162 cases of “pushbacks” at different borders in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Hungary carried out on the basis of bilateral agreements between countries, which resulted in them circumventing their responsibilities and pushing unwanted groups back outside the EU.

    The report comes as Greece was also singled out for criticism on Wednesday with Europe’s top human rights watchdog urging a halt to the practice of pushing back migrants at the land and sea borders it shares with Turkey.

    In a damning letter, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatović, said it was incumbent on Athens’ centre-right government to properly investigate the pushbacks. “I am deeply concerned that, two and a half years later, allegations of pushbacks persist,” she wrote, referring to an initial visit in which the issue had been raised.

    “The way in which these operations are reportedly carried out would clearly be incompatible with Greece’s human rights obligations,” she said.


    The commissioner said that, all too often, the official reaction of Greek authorities was to simply dismiss the charges, despite what she described as “the overwhelming body of evidence that has been presented in recent years”.

    But issuing its strongest rebuttal yet, Athens responded by insisting that the police and coastguards were instructed to act “in full compliance” with Greece’s international obligations both at sea and along the border with Turkey at the Evros River (also known as Maritsa or Meriç), where Greek officials work closely with Frontex, the European border agency.

    Alleged incidents of ill-treatment were not only investigated but punished, the Greek ministers of migration, civil protection and shipping claimed in a joint letter rejecting the accusations. “Greek officers continuously perform their duties against the backdrop of an unfavourable environment of intended misleading information, emanating in most cases from the smugglers’ networks,” they wrote, adding that the claims were aimed at both “harming their reputation and demoralising them”.

    Last week, a Guardian analysis revealed EU member states illegally pushed back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic, methods being linked to the death of more than 2,000 people.

    Prab, which includes the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Italy’s Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) and Diaconia Valdese (DV), the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and others, said that “over a third of pushbacks were accompanied by rights violations (denial of access to asylum procedure, physical abuse and assault, theft, extortion and destruction of property), at the hands of national border police and law enforcement officials”.

    According to the testimonies collected by Prab, people attempting to cross or having just crossed the border between Italy and France also often report “rights violations by French law enforcement officials. After being intercepted by French border police along the coastal border, asylum seekers are detained for the night at the police border station, denied their right to apply for asylum, receive insufficient food and water, and are not provided with interpretation or medical assistance.” The next day they are returned to Italy.

    Prab has also documented the return of asylum seekers and migrants across Italy’s north-eastern land border with Slovenia, described as “one of the most visible occurrences of pushbacks in the EU”, due to a flawed agreement signed between Italy and Slovenia in 1996, when the two countries agreed on the return to a third country of nationals entering Italy irregularly.

    In July 2020, during a parliamentary hearing in Rome, an Italian representative of the interior ministry confirmed that pushbacks were happening “without any sort of formal administrative procedure … even when the intention of requesting international protection was manifested”.

    In January, the court of Rome declared more than 700 pushbacks perpetrated by Italian police in Slovenia illegal.

    Refugees and migrants reporting pushbacks to Serbia complained of poor treatment of different types, while every other incident from Romania alleged violence. In two cases from Hungary, refugees testified that they had been bitten by border patrol dogs.

    An injured migrant shows wounds he said were caused by Hungarian police, 28 January 2020.
    An injured migrant shows wounds he said were caused by Hungarian police in January last year. Photograph: Marko Đurica/Reuters
    Interviewees reported being slapped, kicked, beaten by police using batons, and punched on their backs, hands and legs.

    In 2021, more than a third of people pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia claimed they were physically abused, while 62% alleged theft, extortion or destruction of their personal belongings. Denial of access to asylum was reported by 23% of those interviewed.

    Prab said that “chain pushbacks through different EU member states are occurring entirely outside of formally established mechanisms and aim to circumvent their obligations under European and international human rights law”.

    Since the beginning of the year, 22 people reported experiencing pushbacks from Serbia to North Macedonia and from North Macedonia to Greece. Field reports and data from key informants gathered by the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (Myla) show that as many as “4,000 persons may have experienced pushbacks to Greece during the first three months of 2021”.



    Destruction of personal documents is also commonly recorded. There were testimonies from a group of migrants from Morocco who said they were beaten and forced into the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border.

    “It is extremely worrying to see that so many people experience pushbacks and border violence,” said Charlotte Slente, the DRC secretary general. “It goes without saying that states must stop the violence and these illegal practices, and perpetrators must be held accountable.

    “To avoid the continuation of such illegal practices, DRC and its partner organisations strongly recommend that an independent border-monitoring mechanism is set up to ensure that rights violations are monitored and that effective investigations into evidence submitted by civil society actors are conducted.”

    Prab said its report was “the tip of the iceberg”, as many rights violations were likely to go unreported.
    EU states cooperating informally to deny refugees asylum rights – report | Refugees | The Guardian

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    ^ LOL, now they are cranky that they can't palm them off to the UK.

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    Lol the frogs and chavs are sending their navies at each other over fishing permits

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    This is good. Fuck these biafrans. The EU needs them like a 3rd wave of covid

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Informal cooperation between states has prevented thousands of women, men and children from seeking protection in Europe this year, according to a report released by nine human rights organisations.
    A simple solution.

    Make their home countries more desirable.

    Jobs, education, health care, food, water, opportunities for ....

    One wonders why the western colonialists have not provided such basic needs during their centuries of extractive, military exploitation.

    Maybe others, with recent experience, will step in and demonstrate some peaceful transitions to "moderately wealthy societies".
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Barnier of course was referring to the inflow of refugees but hey, why would the Tory nazi press be bothered with such niceties.

    Also, until last year, the UK was a member of Frontex policing the borders in question and most agree the Turks and gangsters are facilitating the flow of migrants into Greece etc ensuring that the migratory paths from the ME/Iran and Afghanistan remain lucrative and open in terms of their attraction. They are not repelling refugees but negating the Turkish attempt to undermine EU borders.

    Libya is of course a disaster but in the end it will dry up as they drown in the crossings.

    Justifying Brexit because of current EU political trends is of course simply more evidence of the average English Kipper/Tory's stupidity and yet another feeble attempt at propping up the fantasy Engerlandia occupies the higher ground because of its exit and will prosper mightily but really it is just more bombastic flatus blown out of Bozo's arse.

    Most English scum, and particularly, the Northern rabble, have no fucking idea where Bulgaria might be and think Greece is mostly the Grotos island group.

    The facts remain however, in 1960 the EU countries comprised 12% of the world's p[population but now it is 6% and by 2070 that will reduce to 4%. The median age by 2070 will be 49 years and in truth the majority of member states will have less folk to do the work than ever before.

    Migration is inevitable but should be well managed but now that the UK has left I think the EU should now prepare for a foreign worker's scheme to import the huge soon-to-be surplus lumpen trash from Engerlandia when its economy collapses further and put them to work in the EU's ditch digging sector and their drainage/sewage systems. Auf Wedersehn Pet Redux no less!

    But the irony of ironies will be the English northern hod carrier skivvying for his Irish masters on the housing estate construction sites in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

    'Ay oop, A'hm a fookin' dogsbody to dem pikeys, reet enuff. Fook me, Where's me whippet!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    One wonders why
    No . . . only you feign to do so. Tens of billions have been spent on education, health, housing etc... while China is busy dragging these countries into debt.

    Just have a look at Cambodia . . . parts are one big construction site - all Chinese labor, Chinese machinery, Chinese food imports to feed these masses.

    Yea . . . keep on being disingenuous and stop the typical mainland Chinese woe-is-me, bad west diatribe - you've been doing it for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    the EU should now prepare for a foreign worker's scheme to import the huge soon-to-be surplus lumpen trash from Engerlandia when its economy collapses further and put them to work in the EU's ditch digging sector and their drainage/sewage systems. Auf Wedersehn Pet Redux no less!
    Who would want to hire lazy, entitled and uneducated workers when you can get better from other parts of the world

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    'Ay oop, A'hm a fookin' dogsbody to dem pikeys, reet enuff. Fook me, Where's me whippet!"
    Priceless



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    PH, the solution was of course COVID but instead of wiping out the commie swine they exported it while quarantining an entire city through their merciless, tyrannous behaviour treating their own species like a fucking petri dish experiment.

    The world is fuckd now and no going back. Stupidity reigns supreme in the West, tyranny in the East with the lumpen Russians clodhopping their way through what's left.

    And the stupid, vapid youth of today are concerned about the fucking weather??

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    At least it's not raining today,nice and sunny.

    Nice day for a bike ride

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    It seems the Swiss have stuck two fingers up to the EU now.

    The EU’s maximalist push has failed because it was never going to get through the upper chamber representing the hardline cantons, or survive a referendum. The labour unions deem it a threat to Switzerland’s social model, undercutting the Swiss wage protection regime in a race to the bottom.

    The political right balks at giving EU migrants access to the Swiss social security system, as if it were a birthright the moment they set foot in the country. Swiss negotiators say they must come with adequate funds: Brussels says Switzerland must swallow the EU’s Citizens’ Rights Directive with all its implications for political union. As the Swiss foreign minister put it, that would “constitute a paradigm shift in Switzerland's migration policy”.

    In a sense the EU has made the same error as did in its handling of the UK. Had Brussels been less imperious (and more respectful)


    in Brexit talks, it would have helped Theresa May keep the UK closely tied to the EU custom area as an economic satellite.
    Instead, the EU lost Britain altogether. It ended up with Boris Johnson and a much harder Brexit, with all kinds of consequences. One is that European exporters are now losing UK market share rapidly to global rivals; another is that the UK will move further into the US regulatory orbit.
    Switzerland's ordeal ends all doubt: the EU poisons relations with every neighbour

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    Quoting from the right wing, proto-fascist, neo-nationalist rag that the Daily Tlegraph has become, perhaps one of the true journalistic tragedies to blight the fourth estate in the past decade, and particularly the po-faced loony pundit-who-talks-thru-his-arse Ambrose Fucktard, is not a source of any value when it comes to the truth.

    The Swiss wanted their cake but never fancied all the ingredients that went into it, particularly the free movement and right to services which have been two of the core EU pillars that the majority have happily embraced since their memberships began, including the UK which only became dissatisfied when the lower end UKIP trash stole the lower end Tory thunder by advancing the lies that the post 2008 crash and austerity was made worse by EU membership. Brexit simply confirmed the new reality that a significant proportion of the English electorate , 17 million, are stupid, deluded, ignorant and bigoted, and have swallowed the bilge from the ERG/Bozo Tory government that the future is rosy when in fact it is increasingly grimmer by the month as the trade figures continue to show.

    The Swiss have a decision to make but it has nothing to do with EU poison which is of course Tory propaganda symptomatic of the Nazi anti-Jewish racism.

    As I understand it, the Barclay brothers are trying to sell the fascist broadsheet which only makes a profit of a few hundred thousand a year, scarcely covering the costs of supporting the right wing nationalist shysters currently masquerading as a government. Typically, the Mail are the only contenders to buy.

    But what is totally contemptible is the ease with which the DT and its shills will lie in order to further their rancid rhetoric. The EU was not imperious in its conduct, the Tory government under May made it clear before negotiations even fucking started that the ERG fascist wing of the party had won the policy battle and the Tories announced at their conference in October 2016 that the UK was leaving the customs union and single market, and was ending free movement in its entirety. What the fuck was left to negotiate except a free trade deal which in fact is now unravelling because the Tory clowns can't operate it.

    In terms of market share, it's fucking obvious the EU are reducing trade with the UK but that's because of UK trade barriers now erected by UK bureaucracies. However, the losses are much more grievous for the British who over the last quarter have seen a further drastic decline in commerce resulting in a decimation of British SMEs, to say nothing of the collapse in the British fishing industry.

    The UK is on a downward trajectory and no amount of daft jingoistic blatherings about trade with the US/Pacific rim will alter the fact Brexit has fucked Britain, re-ignited the NI conflict and of course bolstered the demand for Scottish freedom.
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    ^

    Not just the DT, that bastion of all things 'Remain', The Guardian, also covers the story.

    Switzerland walks out of seven-year treaty talks with EU | Switzerland | The Guardian

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    Without the silly false equivalence.

    Both the Swiss government and the EU have rejected comparisons to Brexit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    ^
    Without the silly false equivalence.
    However, do you see some similarities here......

    However, officials in Brussels said that Swiss suggestions, made since the walkout, that the country could align with some parts of EU law to maintain access to key sectors, were examples of “cherrypicking”, a phrase commonly used to describe British positions over the previous five years.

    Georg Riekeles, an associate director of the European Policy Centre thinktank in Brussels, said the Swiss decision could prove expensive. “Many in Switzerland have failed to recognise that after Brexit their exorbitant privileges could no longer be,” he said. “The consequences of their denunciation will now be felt rather immediately. Bit by bit, the economies will decouple at a cost to Switzerland estimated at up to €1.2bn per year.”

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    But, ignoring the Brexiteer wanker rhetoric, one must remember that the Swiss relationship to the EU in 2003 was anomalous and a compromise agreed in the context of a possible closer alignment but it was never the case it was a full member enjoying the rights and obligations shared by the others. Norway was a similar case but embraced free movement as a quid pro quo but the other EU states have since made it clear that they did not wish to confer the same status again, if at all possible.

    The point is, the EU is too large, too important, too wealthy and too economically significant to be much concerned by peripheral issues such as the xenophobic and selfish Swiss and the lumpen English and in the scheme of things they can dismiss them, and certainly the British, for the irrelevance they truly are.

    As a reminder, EU trade with the UK accounted for a mere 3% of combined GDP, vice versa, the EU accounted for 13% of UK's GDP, and of that it provided a market for over 50% of UK's manufacturing output, which in itself accounted for 9% of Britain's entire GDP.

    Enhanced relationships with the US and other existing global partners will not compensate for the expected annual loss in GDP of over £ 60 billions caused by Brexit.

    The question still lies festering under the noses of the lumpen Brexit dross, what is it that the UK will now sell to the world that it couldn't before Brexit?

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    The continentals have never really got irony, they do hypocrisy very well though. He didn't coma across well on his Marr interview.

    EU Commission calls on UK to ditch ideology over Northern Ireland protocol

    Maroš Šefčovič says he is trying to iron out disruption to businesses caused by the protocol

    A senior European Commission figure has defended the Northern Ireland protocol, calling on the UK government to ditch ideology in favour of pragmatism in order to transform problems arising from the Brexit deal.

    Maroš Šefčovič said he was looking at “solutions” to iron out disruption to businesses caused by the protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement designed to protect the bloc’s single market at its frontier with the UK on the island of Ireland, without a return to a hard border.

    It means Northern Ireland has in effect stayed within the EU’s single market for goods, and a customs border was enforced on goods crossing the Irish sea. The resulting checks at the ports of Belfast and Larne have angered unionists and loyalists, who feel the region is being separated from the rest of the UK, and this anger has escalated into threats, violence and rioting.

    Edwin Poots, who earlier this month succeeded Arlene Foster as the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, claimed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday that the EU Commission “don’t seem to care for the peace process in Northern Ireland and that really needs to change”.

    The DUP is calling for the protocol to be scrapped, and Poots told Marr the checks were “doing demonstrable harm to every individual in Northern Ireland” and “having a devastating impact”, agreeing the violence could get worse as summer and the perennially tense marching season approaches.

    Šefčovič, who is in charge from Brussels’ side of leading talks with the UK’s Michael Gove and David Frost to adapt the protocol, later defended the arrangement, saying it presented “opportunity” and would take care of daily problems in Northern Ireland.

    He said he was investigating how to address issues arising from the protocol, but insisted it would be wrong to scrap it completely.

    In response to Poots’ accusation that Brussels was treating Northern Ireland as a “plaything”, Šefčovič said there was “plenty of opportunity” to transform the protocol into “something positive, good for the future which would guarantee the peace, stability and prosperity for all”.

    Senior loyalist says NI post-Brexit tensions ‘most dangerous for years’

    He promised to take soundings from the DUP and other political parties in Northern Ireland before his next meeting with Frost in London, expected to take place in several weeks.

    Recalling his talks with Gove last December, when the post-Brexit trade deal was signed, Šefčovič said he had offered Swiss-style transition agreements on matters such as veterinary issues, which would prevent someone with guide dogs needing a certificate proving they were free of rabies to take the animals from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.

    He added he was ready to offer solutions to solve current problems, but added the UK “just need to get over, I would say, ideology into pragmatism and real politics and go for this type of veterinary agreement, which could be done just like this within a few weeks”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    A simple solution.

    Make their home countries more desirable.
    That's an excellent idea Hoohoo.

    Let's get rid of Bashar Assad, tell Putin to stop bombing Syria and hold free and fair elections.

    Then all the Sunni that they rode out of town will be itching to return to a more pleasant homeland.

    You're a fucking genius!


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