Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Brexit news: Brussels never wanted a deal with the UK according to Nick Timothy | UK | News

Mr Timothy explains the EU is constantly displaying how it, “is committed to respecting the territorial integrity and constitutional order of the UK.” The Downing Street Chief of Staff states the EU’s response to Britain’s proposal for a revised version of the Northern Ireland backstop, which would effectively keep Northern Ireland aligned with single market rules but allow it to leave, with the rest of the UK, shows how Brussels is unwilling to budge. Mr Timothy describes this as a demonstration that shows Brussels is doing little more than keeping up diplomatic appearances.

He quotes Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as saying, “If we are going to be in two different customs unions, I think that creates a real difficulty that’s going to be very hard to reconcile.

“We don’t want to see any customs posts between north and south.

“Nor do we want to see any tariffs or restrictions on trade north and south.”

Mr Timothy explains that these words show that according to Ireland and the EU, Northern Ireland cannot be allowed to leave the single market or the customs union.

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Timothy added: “In effect, Northern Ireland, alone, or with the rest of the UK, cannot leave the European Union at all.

“This is an affront to democratic values in more ways than one.

“It is an attempt to defy the UK’s decision, three years ago, to leave the EU and its laws and institutions.

“And it is a plan to trap Northern Ireland and perhaps the whole UK in Europe’s legal order in perpetuity, granting Brussels and foreign governments, including Dublin, a greater say over many of Northern Ireland’s laws than the governments in Belfast and in London.”

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Mr Timothy goes on to explain how the European position poses a serious danger to the Northern Irish peace process.

He states that the Irish government, abetted by European commissioners, diplomats and ministers, has sought to weaponise the peace process against Britain.

He added: “It is not Britain but Ireland and the EU that are breaching both the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.”

Mr Timothy explains how the backstop, “so beloved by Dublin lacks legitimacy because it was conceived quite deliberately without this consent”.

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He added: “The Prime Minister has proposed that his solution should be made subject to the consent of the Northern Irish Assembly, reaffirmed every four years”.

But, Northern Ireland has now been without a government for two years.

The devolved executive and assembly which have powers over the region collapsed in January 2017 owing to ongoing disagreements between the DUP and Sinn Féin, and all attempts to restore power-sharing have since failed.

Mr Timothy explains that it is Dublin and Brussels that have been explicit in their rejection of Boris Johnson’s attempt to achieve democratic consent.

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He explains how Simon Coveney, the Irish Tánaiste, or deputy prime minister, said: “We cannot support any proposal that suggests that one party could make the decision in terms of how these proposals would be implemented in future.”

But, speaking in the Dáil Éireann, Ireland’s parliament, last Thursday, Mr Coveney echoed EU concerns about the customs checks and built-in veto for the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mr Coveney said that Ireland could not support any deal, “that is not consistent with the Good Friday Agreement.

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“It is not something we could possibly support as part of any final deal.”

He added that there were “legal and technical” problems with the new plan proposed by Boris Johnson.

He stated: “Despite this paper saying they want to avoid customs checks, they do raise the prospect of customs checks somewhere, not just in premises and businesses, and we think that’s going to be a real problem.”

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