It’s like a football team leaving the field when they lose, or a chess player who throws away their chips before accepting defeat, or a poker player who pulls out a revolver before paying off a debt. The Unionists have been accustomed to having a majority in the Ulster Parliament since its inception in 1921, and now for the first time they are not and cannot appoint a Prime Minister. Therefore, they prefer to break the deck.
The pretext that has been pulled out of his sleeve, as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Geoffrey Donaldson recalled in an article in the Daily Telegraph yesterday, is Brexit agreements. “They don’t work,” he says. They are hurting free trade and the movement of goods in the provinces by imposing controls and tariffs on goods coming from the UK, our main market. In addition to attacking national sovereignty, pushing for Irish reunification and jeopardizing the preservation of the Good Friday Agreements and therefore peace.
London gives Brussels one last chance to change trade deal in ‘reasonable way’
Boris Johnson agrees, although with him you never know which opinions are sincere and which are empty words. But Downing Street is saying that the moment when he unilaterally violates the Brexit trade agreement and challenges the EU is getting closer, not even far off. Especially after the victory of the nationalist Sinn Féin, opening a new era in Ulster and – together with the demands of Scotland – threatening to unleash a constitutional crisis that has been brewing for some time in the United Kingdom, a political entity holding with pins.
The government has already drafted a bill that would allow it to ignore the aspects of the Brexit agreements it doesn’t like, citing disruption to Northern Ireland’s internal market. But will not include it in the program, which the Queen will announce tomorrow in the traditional speech at the beginning of the legislative assembly, because she was waiting for the election results, and “give Brussels one last chance to make the necessary concessions.” But Maros Šefković, the vice president of the European Commission who is handling the matter, has already responded that Brexit will not be discussed under any circumstances. Which may or may not be true.
If London turns the Brexit agreements into an à la carte menu from which it chooses what it likes and discards what it doesn’t like, there will inevitably be a backlash from the European Union in the form of additional taxes and tariffs on the British. exports, further hurting an already pandemic-hit economy (the Bank of England predicted a lethal combination of negative economic growth and 10% inflation, coupled with the country’s lack of investment and low productivity). And Washington, where the Irish lobby is very powerful and considers the Good Friday Agreements as the law, too.
Yesterday, Washington and Dublin asked the Unionists to recognize the victory of Sinn Féin and allow the formation of a government. London too, but much more ambivalent, with a small mouth. But Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the DUP, responded, like Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, “Honestly, dear ones, I don’t give a damn.”
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