Reader's Blog: DUP seem unaware of Brexit risks to the North

Nigel Dodds, speaking in the UK parliament on March 25, emphasised the backstop as the problem. He did so as the UK parliament continued in its turmoil as if the Conservative confidence and supply deal with the DUP were not.

Jeffrey Donaldson, speaking in the Irish Republic advocated we, here, join the Commonwealth, an advocacy that we take the Crown as the head of State as if we had no president, and in denial of the achievement of the Irish Republic.

The DUP expect us not to notice they loathe the Republic and, in more than 25 months, they won’t meet in Stormont to attend to the work of the Stormont Assembly, having refused terms accepted by Sinn Féin at the beginning of 2018. They also hold Westminster to ransom.

People who speak of the friendship of the UK don’t see how over-dependent the Irish Republic has been historically upon the UK.

We were not as bad as Westminster in our relationship with the EU. We have become more generally aware of how we are part of the EU.

Many in the Republic of Ireland recognise the nature of complex supply chains and “just-in-time” supply as part of the economy of the EU. We also understand the social Europe of the EU.

The North and the border countries have benefitted from being part of the EU economically and socially.

The EU as a social-economic bloc can best contend with legislation with the intrusions of big data and the challenges of artificial intelligence and automation and continuous personal data collection and storage online.

It was better able to before June 2016, and after the UK leaves, the EU will need to redouble its efforts in this regard as autonomous and semi-autonomous cars come at the price of ongoing software updating; the customer will pay in both personal data and money.

Farm effluent management necessary in the North was more likely to be best addressed in conjunction with EU partners than without EU food safety regulation and fiscal assistance.

Nigel Dodds holds that the North will make up fiscal deficits of loss of the single EU payment through producing more food.

However, outside of the EU complex supply framework and food safety regime the North becomes much more exposed to risks.

Even while within the EEC/EU, twice in 35 years through deregulation, the UK cattle herd came very close to destruction.

Tom Ryan


Co Limerick

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