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    TruthInTheNews TruthInTheNews is offline

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    Sinn Fein Will Push For More Devolved Powers For Northern Ireland And Membership of the Eurpean Economic Area.

    The word from London is that Sinn Fein will push for devolved powers for Northern Ireland and membership of the Eurpean Economic Area in order to lessen the pain of Brexit.

    The EEA provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market. All EEA countries adopt most EU legislation concerning the single market, notable exclusions being laws regarding agriculture and fisheries.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Area

    The Northern Ireland Act 1998 allows for the transfer of powers to NI including the right to negotiate relations with the EU, which are currently excluded under Schedule 2.

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/47/contents

    Sinn Fein believe that membership of the EEA and devolved powers are the only way to preserve the existing border arrangements and minimise the impact of Brexit. Special arrangements will have to be made for agriculture such as excepting NI farmers from EAA restrictions. Dublin would need to apply pressure on the EU to gain concessions.

    Sinn Fein have sounded out opinions from other parties in NI. All are supportive bar the DUP which is opposed idea of more devolved powers for NI as they believe devolution weakens the Union.
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    Stormont hasn't exactly covered itself in glory with the powers it's already got... so I'm not seeing how getting more powers is going to transform much tbh...

    NI does need special status in the Brexit shambles however... because an invisible border is not going to be possible if NI is outside the customs union regardless of how much bullsh!t and bluster and wishful thinking emanates from London...

    The impression is that the reality of Brexit and what it means still hasn't hit home in much of the UK.
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    Scotland already tried this game and the answer was it's only open to sovereign nations.

    Iceland: Scotland could not start applying for EFTA until after independence

    There's 0 chance of this happening for lots of reasons without the entire UK going in. Not that I don't understand the sentiment behind it.

    It's certainly time to start desperately throwing stuff at the wall and seeing if anything sticks. This won't stick.
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    Administering British rule with the Duppers, who'd be at it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    Administering British rule with the Duppers, who'd be at it...
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    The DUP/UDA don't know which way to turn.

    I'm gonna enjoy watching their dance-of-death with Mayhem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    Scotland already tried this game and the answer was it's only open to sovereign nations.

    Iceland: Scotland could not start applying for EFTA until after independence

    There's 0 chance of this happening for lots of reasons without the entire UK going in. Not that I don't understand the sentiment behind it.

    It's certainly time to start desperately throwing stuff at the wall and seeing if anything sticks. This won't stick.
    EU ministers have agreed between themselves that there must be unanimous agreement on any trade deal with Britain. That means that the Poles or the Irish can veto any trade deal not to their liking.

    Dublin needs to show some solidarity with the majority in NI who are opposed to Brexit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    Administering British rule with the Duppers, who'd be at it...
    Sharing power with SF/IRA who'd be at it when they once boasted they didn't want a Catholic about the place .......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levellers View Post
    The DUP/UDA don't know which way to turn.

    I'm gonna enjoy watching their dance-of-death with Mayhem.
    Exactly, the Paisleyites only have at look what happened to the Lib Dems to see the long term of propping up the Tory's Or down here Labour and FG, the Greens and FF, the PD's and FF etc. Jayus, give it time and this is going to be fun !!
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    As others pointed out there is no way for part of a country to be an EEA member.

    The only solution for Brexit is Irish unification. Without that, we will be building a wall around Northern Ireland.
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