Developments in Ireland with regard to the post-Brexit border between the Republic and Northern Ireland could tear apart the Tory-DUP deal that is shoring up Theresa May’s zombie government.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has gone against his predecessor Enda Kenny and has flatly rejected the British government’s idea of a ‘tech border’, claiming that it will restrict movement between the two countries and threatens the Northern Irish peace process.
Sources in Ireland have told the SKWAWKBOX that there has been a “massive row” resulting in the decision to reject the tech border – surveillance cameras and computer systems supposedly allowing a smooth flow of traffic and people – outright.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney – who recently announced that Ireland would veto any post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal if the government threatened the peace process by its collaboration with the DUP – told a recent meeting of EU ministers:
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I would like to know where the £1 Billion has come from all of a sudden. Our emergency services, education and teachers need financial help and this is a massive kick in the teeth.
The government has announced it has reached agreement with the DUP amid grave concerns not only about the deal – which Welsh First Minister Carwen Jones said is nothing more than ‘a bung’ – but also about the nature of the party it has reached agreement with.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will receive £1 billion in additional public funds and participation in government policy-making in return for its ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with the Tories.
Tories and the DUP reaching their deal. Inset: the funeral of the Quinn boys, murdered in a loyalist firebomb attack
After more false starts and delays than a bad day on the notorious Southern Rail that have meant the deal has been announced weeks later than originally promised, there’s little doubt that the public deal represents only a small part of the concessions the Tories will have made in order to bring the famously…
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