Another day of chaos

A Twitter round up, including a great question to the PM from Munira Wilson and a punchy interview with Christine Jardine.

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  • George Thomas 6th Jul '22 - 10:31pm

    “Every day the Conservatives allow Boris Johnson to cling on to power does more damage to our country.”

    “Leo Varadkar warns Boris he could DESTROY the UK if he pushes ahead with plan to overrule Brexit deal in Northern Ireland”

    And yet the official line from Number 10 is that it’s Labour and coalition of chaos who threaten to break up the UK!! At what point do voters start to say it’s the Conservative party (not just Boris) and their policies (both with regards to devolution and not) which are the real threat to the union?

  • George Thomas 6th Jul ’22 – 10:31pm:
    “Leo Varadkar warns Boris he could DESTROY the UK if he pushes ahead with plan to overrule Brexit deal in Northern Ireland”

    The High Court in Belfast (upheld on appeal and pending appeal to the Supreme Court) ruled that the Northern Ireland Protocol “conflicted” with the Act of Union 1800 as it repealed Article Sixth. Hence the necessity to amend parts of the Protocol in order to resurrect the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement.

    ‘Belfast court dismisses legal challenge to Brexit Northern Ireland protocol’ [June 2021]:
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jun/30/belfast-court-dismisses-legal-challenge-to-brexit-northern-ireland-protocol

    ‘Act of Union (Ireland) 1800’:
    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/aip/Geo3/40/38/part/6

    Article Sixth.

    Subjects of Great Britain and Ireland to be on same footing from 1 Jan. 1801.

    That it be the sixth article of union, that his Majesty’s subjects of Great Britain and Ireland shall, from and after the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and one, be entitled to the same privileges, and be on the same footing as to encouragements and bounties on the like articles, being the growth, produce, or manufacture of either country respectively, and generally in respect of trade and navigation in all ports and places in the united kingdom and its dependencies; and that in all treaties made by his Majesty, his heirs, and successors, with any foreign power, his Majesty’s subjects of Ireland shall have same the privileges, and be on the same footing as his Majesty’s subjects of Great Britain.

  • Resignation is not going to happen because Johnson wants to end with a childish stunt. Being dragged out of office is part of the performance. Then on his lecture tours he can blame everyone but himself for his departure.

  • Mick Taylor 7th Jul '22 - 9:17am

    Hm. So Jeff thinks that the 1801 Act of Union forced through a bribed Irish Parliament should take precedence over the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Good Friday agreement. (Read the biography of Lord Castelreagh 2nd Marquis of Londonderry by John Bew for details).
    What the government should be doing (when we have one again) is telling the DUP to take a running jump, cease trying to create a trade war with the EU by breaking international law and legislate to stop one party blocking the creation of an executive in N Ireland and the functioning of the NI Assembly.

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