Developments in Ireland with regard to the post-Brexit border between the Republic and Northern Ireland could tear apart the Tory-DUP deal that is shoring up Theresa May’s zombie government.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has gone against his predecessor Enda Kenny and has flatly rejected the British government’s idea of a ‘tech border’, claiming that it will restrict movement between the two countries and threatens the Northern Irish peace process.
Sources in Ireland have told the SKWAWKBOX that there has been a “massive row” resulting in the decision to reject the tech border – surveillance cameras and computer systems supposedly allowing a smooth flow of traffic and people – outright.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney – who recently announced that Ireland would veto any post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal if the government threatened the peace process by its collaboration with the DUP – told a recent meeting of EU ministers:
What we do not want to pretend is that we can solve the problems of the border on the island of Ireland through technical solutions like cameras and pre-registration and so on. That is not going to work.
The SKWAWKBOX’s Irish sources said,
There’s been a massive row on brexit border – they’ve gone against Kenny and are categorically rejecting a tech border. As I predicted, the cheapest safest solution is irish sea – that’s what they will publish tomorrow.
Take cover because the DUP will go ballistic – a sea border turns Ireland into a whole country again with no real sense of the north in the uk. Down it all comes.
If the DUP’s reaction – as seems likely – is as ferociously against the idea of a sea border as sources predict, this issue could easily be enough to bring down the government, forcing the Tories to attempt to govern as an outright minority or triggering another election.
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