Why the Irish border is a major sticking point in Brexit negotiations
The five hundred thirty five page draft agreement between Britain in the EU was finally revealed this week, and oh boy did nobody like it. I mean, nobody likes the guy who negotiated. Dominic Robb, the Brexit secretary. It was his agreement and then he woke up in the morning and decided to even he didn't like it and had to resign in protest against by the way that you can't take that is just so wrong. I saw many people in the UK like making fun of this guy. You can't negotiate a thing. And be like, you know, what that was bad and just walk away. Well, it just shows that about he's no that'd be that is just bizarre. But it's like, how do you spend this many months negotiating this all of this time? And then not really have a sense of how this is gonna play. Once you release it to the public, just tear. It just shows you the quality of leadership over there's bad. I mean, there's no doubt that the quality of the UK his his. Well, I mean, I'm not gonna say it's never been low because it was actually though when they Cameron this. But yeah, it it's a disaster. It is a shit show. It is as bad as you can imagine. Because let's back up a little bit in described this deal. Basically, it's an ultra ultra soft. Brexit is what it really is the Britain, effectively winds up staying in the customs union in the free trade area, at least through the end of twenty twenty and probably even beyond then because they never going to work out a deal to deal with island. And they still wind up being governed by European Louis, basically, all of the independence that everyone who voted for Brexit was promised. Doesn't appear. We should explain the the Ireland because I don't think they actually talked about it and the Brexit episode, and that seems to be the real sticking sticking. Okay. So yeah. The to make it really simple. The entire island. Peace process is based upon this idea that you can just walk back and forth between the border is effectively an invisible border between North Island Republican violent and people live on one side and work on the other. And you know, they live on one side and go shopping on the other, and they provide goods and services to the other. And it's and that's how the. Irish problem was solved basically that you know, that people were like well, so long as the board that doesn't really feel like a boy that we're not going to be too. You know, terroristic about like trying to reunite the island. And so this is incredibly important for history for peace and prosperity on the island of Ireland and everyone agrees on both sides that this has to remain the soft invisible that you can't just put you trade barriers. The problem is of course, that if you have lots of back and forth between North Island Republic of island. Then. That means you have no trade barriers between the UK and the EU. In the u. Because I learned is in the in the UK. And so then what do you do? Then what you have to do is if you have free trade between the Republic violent in Northern Ireland. Then if you have trade barriers between Great Britain and the European Union that you wind up having to trade barrier in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This is completely unacceptable to basically not only everyone in Northern Ireland. But also, fetch the everyone in the toy party in pretty much everyone in the labor party as well. Because they'll let you call them put trade barriers up within your own country. So this is an insoluble problem. And according to the way that this Brexit's agreement is drafted until you solve this insoluble problem. Britain and the United Kingdom, essentially, we wind up remaining under EU law and having to effectively be part of the EU with a not a not being able to, you know, make their own free trade agreement so anything with zero say because they actually members of the let just governed by without being members..