The EU is run by a moralistic crew, quite prepared to do harm to members and outsiders for the greater good, as they see it. The UK is being bludgeoned into remaining trapped within its web, a kind of forced conversion in a grand tradition that extends back to the middle ages Europe when the threat of enslavement or castration was held over non-Christians. Britain is threatened with both punishments for trying to escape.
The Irish border has become the latest immovable obstacle in the way of negotiating a trade deal. When Theresa May thought she had done enough to get agreement to move to Stage 2 one EU official reportedly said, “It’s amazing what you can achieve when you stick together.” Yes, they achieved the Brexit vote that way, by denying David Cameron any compromise in his ‘negotiation’. Anyway, that was before the DUP objected to the implication that the North was to be treated differently from other parts of the UK.
The fuss is unnecessary unless the aim is total subjugation, which it clearly is. Since the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922 there has been a more or less porous border, with the tensions being mainly about the Republican versus Unionist conflict. Ireland and the UK have different VAT rates now for example (in Ireland they’re very complicated, varying from 0% to 23%) – and nobody cares! Currently our regulations are the same but they could diverge in future; mutual recognition occurs between other countries, such as between the EU and USA for medicines for example, and these can be developed as required. However, if the UK decided to import, say, chlorinated chicken they could agree not to re-export it; such ad hoc agreements aren’t difficult, if there’s a will. There is always some cheating across fluid borders; this applies to Ireland-NI, France-Switzerland and elsewhere. The Swiss enjoy French wine and the French like cheap Swiss petrol; some spot checking occurs but it is not a big problem that Switzerland is not in the Single Market – it has a free trade agreement, why can’t we? Only because we voted to leave so we must be punished and others stopped or the Union will dissolve, as it should if people don’t like it.
Britain has said it does not want a hard border and clearly has no intention or need to impose one. Ireland and the EU have said they don’t want a hard border either but are choosing, mendaciously, to interpret that as meaning there must be no regulatory divergence, which would prevent us agreeing other, vital free trade agreements of our own. We don’t need a hard border to supervise a few tractors and milk churns crossing it but Ireland/EU can police it if they insist, we won’t. If Ulster farmers suffer the UK Government should look after them but it is up to the people of Northern Ireland to accept or deny Dublin any powers over its territory, policies and practices.
Perhaps the EU has applied pressure to Dublin to create this obstacle because it is Ireland’s trade that will suffer most if there is no agreement. There is also a danger of tragic consequences if Unionists feel forced to defend their territory again; the EU does not need another source of terrorism within its realm.