Lucinda Creighton: Britain’s underhand tactics are the actions of a despotic nation
The behaviour of David Frost in the EU talks has led to Britain again breaching its obligations, with severe implications for Northern Ireland
The weeks following the threat of the European Commission to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol were politically fraught. The move would have effectively involved creating a hard border in Ireland in an attempt to prevent vaccines being siphoned out of the EU into the UK and elsewhere.
The acute differences between the two main political parties in the North were heightened. London was angry and threatened to dispense with the protocol altogether. The...
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Chris Patten: The UK’s hard Brexit choices have arrived
The UK government’s policy review reflects a characteristic Johnsonian feature: a chasm between aspirations and reality that cannot be bridged by make-believe and mendacity
Lucinda Creighton: As value of imports and exports plummet in wake of Brexit, we need an urgent solution
A fall of 65 per cent in British imports to Ireland in January gives lie to the mere ‘teething problems’ claimed by Brexiteers, with the collapse now in full swing
Brian Keegan: Britain’s inability to get the NI protocol to work exposes its failure to prepare
The latest grace periods for checks and controls are merely a sticking plaster to hide how horribly unprepared Boris Johnson’s government is for the practicalities of Brexit
Cathal Mac Coille: Like it or not, the Northern Ireland protocol is the only realistic option
British bad faith puts Ireland in a difficult, but not hopeless, position, and the case for a cooperative approach to the North remains as strong as ever