As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to depart Downing Street, tossed from office by his own party, his legacy — the opening lines of his eventual obituary — will call him the man who “got Brexit done.” / So how is that going? What can be said about the post-Brexit Britain that Johnson is leaving behind?
Brexit was a disaster at all levels 08/08/2022
As it has already been well documented that Brexit proved to be a political and economic disaster for all sections of our divided society, it should not come as a surprise to learn that it has also had a hugely negative impact on community relations.
"It's like a turkey voting for Christmas, isn't it?" / A farmer’s passionate speech about Brexit from 2019 has been making the rounds on social media – with one person saying it “could have been made yesterday”.
The UK government’s latest moves to revise the Northern Ireland Protocol ride roughshod over international law and threaten the country’s reputation and relations abroad.
Liz Truss may find out the hard way what it’s like to be held hostage by hardline Brexiteers 03/08/2022
Brexit’s Northern Ireland deal needs the same hard-headed pragmatism that secured Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release.
Next PM must face reality that NI Protocol is here to stay, Sinn Fein's Michelle O’Neill warns 09/07/2022
The Sinn Fein vice president said she has warned newly appointed Secretary of State for the region Shailesh Vara that the Government must stop “placating the DUP” and start being “even-handed” with Stormont’s political parties.
Clownfall and Brexit 08/07/2022
There is no question that the fates of Boris Johnson and Brexit are inextricably linked. It is impossible to imagine that the UK would have abandoned its 40-year relationship with the EU had it not been for this young journalist making his name through inventing nonsense stories about the Eurocracy ...
The UK promises to “fix” the Northern Ireland protocol with unilateral legislation. This will be a major step backwards in trying to resolve genuine practical problems under the protocol.
Select committee raises the question of Sinn Féin refusing to enter power sharing if the Northern Ireland protocol is ditched.
Government plans to override parts of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland have passed their first hurdle in Parliament.
What should we call a project that poleaxes the economy, destroys our global reputation and threatens political stability in Northern Ireland? If we had known what would come to pass, how would we have voted on it six years ago?
Boris Johnson victory at next election would be ‘disaster’ for Tories and Britain, says former party chair 21/06/2022
Under current PM, government is not Conservative but English Nationalist, says Chris Patten.
With a potential trade war looming, Conservatives are stuck in an ever-more destructive disagreement over what Britain should look like outside the EU.
UK PM Boris Johnson rips up Brexit Protocol 15/06/2022
Legislation has been published by the British government this evening which overrides the post-Brexit trade arrangements for Ireland and severely breaches both the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and international law.
Boris Johnson bid to tear up Northern Ireland deal endangers peace, US congressmen warn [1 min] 15/06/2022
Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland have come under fierce attack from Washington, with senior congressmen on both sides of the US political divide warning the “irresponsible” move is a threat to peace in the province.
Micheal Martin warned the move to override parts of the international deal could “destabilise” politics in Northern Ireland.
Fresh from scandals and an attempted ousting, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest plan is to tear up key parts of a post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland he made himself less than three years ago.
The UK’s plan to rip up Brexit trade rules slammed for being in ‘clear breach’ of international law 14/06/2022
The U.K. government has pushed ahead with controversial plans to unilaterally override post-Brexit trade rules, ratcheting up the risk of a trade war as the European Union prepares to take retaliatory legal action.
Bloc says it will not renegotiate agreement and threatens to take ministers to court for ‘damaging’ unilateral action.
The UK government’s imminent publication of legislation to override the Brexit deal it negotiated for Northern Ireland won’t be enough to restore power-sharing in the region, a senior Democratic Unionist Party MP said.
Northern Ireland protocol: EU to begin legal action over UK plans to override Brexit deal 12/06/2022
Brussels is set to reveal details of action despite ministers’ insistence the the Northern Ireland protocol plans do not break international law.
Boris Johnson’s plans to shred the Northern Ireland protocol have no basis in law, economics or diplomacy.
European capitals have lost trust, says Irish minister – as Keir Starmer accuses PM of ’wrecking ball’ approach.
Brexit Chickens Come Home to Roost 07/06/2022
While the picture’s hardly pretty and certainly not what advocates of Brexit envisioned, none of it surprises economists. As a former Bank of England official observed: “You run a trade war against yourself, bad things happen.”
Northern Ireland's Assembly will meet on Monday after a successful petition to recall members back to Stormont.