The British government has finally sunk to its lowest level in the latest bid to force the European Union into giving in to its demands. Ever since the vote to leave the E.U. was engineered by a group of billionaires and high-ranking politicians hellbent on handing British interests over to American corporations, the U.K. government has demanded to both have its cake and eat it. It expects to leave the Union, yet keep all the good bits it enjoyed while a member.
The European Union was founded on four core principles: freedom of movement of people, goods, capital, and services throughout the member states. Britain is now leaving the Union as of 11pm UK time on Friday 29 March, 2019. To date, no agreement has been reached and the negotiations have become increasingly acrimonious. Everything the U.K. has demanded has been in contravention of one or more of the E.U.’s founding principles.
To aggravate matters further, Southern Ireland (Eire) is a full member of the European Union, but shares a border with Northern Ireland, part of the U.K.. Under the Good Friday Agreement signed into law on December 2nd 1999, said border must remain open and free from any customs regulations. The quandary is how goods moving from the E.U. (Eire) into a non-E.U.country (Northern Ireland) can be controlled when Northern Ireland will cease to be a member of the E.U. customs union.
The E.U. negotiators expect the U.K. to find a solution to this apparently unresolvable problem and so far the British government has failed miserably to solve the issue to the E.U.’s satisfaction. Now, the U.K. government is demanding the E.U. find an answer. Understandably, the E.U. is saying why should it? It’s Britain’s problem.
Why not simply move the border to the Northern Ireland coastline with the Irish Sea? Oh, no, state the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, they’re not prepared to accept that reasonable solution. They demand the border stay put.
Why can’t the DUP be over-ruled on the issue? They were the only political party on the island of Ireland to vote against the Good Friday Agreement. They also worked relentlessly to ensure the U.K. voted to leave the E.U., despite a strong majority of Northern Irish citizens (56%) voting to remain in the European Union. They’re also the minority party (only ten seats) in the British Parliament, but keeping Theresa May and her Tory hordes in power. Without them the government would collapse.
In desperation, this rabble of a U.K. government has now turned to blackmail. Dominic Raab…
…the government’s new ‘Brexit Secretary’ (the last one just resigned) has stated that the U.K. may refuse to pay the 39 billion pounds ($51 billion) it owes the E.U. if no trade deal is forthcoming from Europe
This from the ‘Irish Examiner’:
British Government threats to refuse to pay its £39bn divorce bill to the EU are “an empty threat” but “disappointing”, Dublin has said.
Speaking yesterday, the UK’s new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, a prominent Leaver, said the UK could refuse to pay its £39 billion divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph and also speaking on BBC television, Mr Raab said there has to be an element of conditionality to the exit deal and how the UK’s future relationship with the EU is determined.
There are, of course, two obvious solutions to the whole unsavoury business: either move the Irish border to the Irish Sea and stuff the DUP, or hold a second referendum. After two bitter years of squabble and dirty tricks the British people have had their fill of Brexit. A second referendum would almost certainly result in a strong “remain” vote.
Neither will happen because moving the border would mean the DUP no longer supporting the government, which would then fall, and a vote to remain would also, undoubtedly, bring down the government.
Holding onto power at all costs is all that matters in today’s politics.
 “Threats by UK to refuse paying £39bn Brexit divorce bill “disappointing”, Senator says” Irish Examiner, July 22nd 2018