Even the EU's backstop hardens the Irish border, warns expert — BREXIT BOMBSHELL

02 May, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Brexit news vote latest UK EU referendum Lords BBC

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, confirmed this during a visit to Derry this morning.

Mr Barnier called for new proposals from the British to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and warned that unless there was a new proposal beyond the so-called backstop option to keep Northern Ireland under European Union economic rules, there was a danger that negotiation could collapse.

He says there will be no Brexit deal, if there is no deal on this. A guide pointed out areas of the Bogside where the Bloody Sunday victims were killed in January 1972. "I am ready to explain this solution to everybody", Mr Barnier said.

He said implications for research funding was discussed in the meeting, which lasted about one hour.

"On the one hand, while they say they don't want a hard border in Ireland, I think what it does do is send a signal to the constituencies that are living adjacent to the border that maybe they don't care too much".

Mr Barnier said he was delighted to be in the "historic and vibrant" city of Derry, and said he had already enjoyed a walk on the Peace Bridge.

A DUP councillor has questioned if councils were treated differently during the visit of Michel Barnier to Northern Ireland.

But Mr Nicholson said unionists would "take no lessons in terms of manners" from convicted IRA bomber Ms Anderson, adding her past offences are "evidence of more than mere bad manners".

Perhaps she thinks the French politician needs a crash course in history.

Drug Take Back Day spotlights Ohio's ongoing opioid crisis
In Johnson City alone, we were told more than 40 people came out to drop off medications. The sites accept pills, tablets, and patches but not liquids or syringes.

Following today's meeting, Ulster University's Magee Provost, Malachy O'Neill said the discussion had been frank and open.

"I am the negotiator for the 27".

He said: "We don't want things going backwards".

"And for some of them, particularly their MPs, they may view that as a job done".

Both Mrs Dodds and Mr Nicholson welcomed Mr Barnier's visit but expressed disappointment that it was announced by Sinn Féin MP, Elisha McCallion. Is Mid Ulster looked upon by the Commission as a lesser part of Northern Ireland? She may wish to miss out the day in 1988 when her party's founder, the Rev Ian Paisley, displayed the extent of his cultural understanding by shouting "I renounce you as the Antichrist" during a 1988 speech to the European Parliament by Pope John Paul II about shared Christian values.

"I certainly meet Michel Barnier on a very regular basis and debate with him in the Strasbourg chamber".

Katy Hayward, a leading academic whose recent work focuses on the Irish border, said even the EU's solution come with a degree of hardening of the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

"The UK has made a decision to leave the European policies", he said, "but we can maintain this co-operation thanks to the Interreg programme and in my view thanks to the peace programme".


  • Armenian opposition nominate Pashinyan for PM

    Armenian opposition nominate Pashinyan for PM

    He stressed that it doesn't matter who the Prime Minister will be. "We are not putting anyone forward in the state's interest". But Pashinian has vowed to mount a nationwide strike if Parliament doesn't approve his candidacy on Tuesday.
    Kane keen for strong finish with Spurs ahead of World Cup

    Kane keen for strong finish with Spurs ahead of World Cup

    We'll see what happens and in my mind I'm just trying to get to that 30 mark. "It is a mix about different things". It wasn't a great period for him the last few weeks and, of course, he's only human and was a little bit affected.

    David Akers Rips Cowboys as Eagles' Guest Picker at 2018 NFL Draft

    And while it might have made for a tidy story if Dallas got Dallas in Dallas, Goedert is just fine with how it worked out. Just last week, Ertz had spoken about the complexities of learning the tight end position in the Eagles' system.
  • With the Jets, Sam Darnold Can Create His Own Legacy

    With the Jets, Sam Darnold Can Create His Own Legacy

    And with the addition of Darnold and the veteran presence of McCown, the Jets can surely afford to shed themselves of a him. On the NFL Network broadcast, draft analyst Mike Mayock described it as a favorable position for Darnold and the franchise.
    Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

    Facebook launches Messenger Kids 'sleep mode' for more parental control

    Messenger Kids application is absolutely for free and you can download the app for both, iOS and Android platform for free. Even if the kid tries to open the app while it in "sleep mode", a message will pop up telling him/her to come back later.
    Schmuck: Ravens fans at DraftFest seem excited about direction team is heading

    Schmuck: Ravens fans at DraftFest seem excited about direction team is heading

    In any case, the draft was so deep in receivers that the Ravens still came away with a couple of talented prospects. Some analysts seem to believe Jackson is a one-read-then-run quarterback who can't manage a pocket under pressure .
  • Cowboys pick Connor Williams

    Cowboys pick Connor Williams

    STILL NEED: The Cowboys didn't draft a safety despite moving one of last season's starters, Byron Jones, back to cornerback. The interior of the defensive line is arguably the biggest need, depending on the view of life without Witten.
    Inflation reaches key threshold for Fed rate hikes

    Inflation reaches key threshold for Fed rate hikes

    The government reported last Friday that wages and salaries recorded their biggest increase in 11 years in the first quarter. Annual inflation readings in March of a year ago were held down by large declines in the price of cell phone service plans.
    Lea Michele is engaged!

    Lea Michele is engaged!

    In the photo below, a clearly effusive Michele poses beside seaside with her ring-bearing hand covering her smiling face. Michele told PEOPLE in November 2017 that she enjoyed a quiet life with Reich away from the glare of the spotlight.
  • Reds to offer Mohamed Salah lucrative new deal

    Reds to offer Mohamed Salah lucrative new deal

    In the end, less than 20 votes separated the two as Salah became the first African victor in the history of the award which has been running since 1948.
    Salah furious over image rights dispute with Egypt football association

    Salah furious over image rights dispute with Egypt football association

    The 25-year-old becomes the first African victor of the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been awarded since 1948. Salah has a sponsorship deal with a rival telecommunications firm, Vodafone.
    One-handed Griffin joins twin brother on the Seahawks

    One-handed Griffin joins twin brother on the Seahawks

    The Griffins decided not to return to the draft venue Saturday, instead waiting to hear the news at a nearby Arlington hotel. He gained attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.


Cardinal Pell to remain on leave after indictment - Vatican says
After the magistrate read the judgment and left the room, there was clapping from the public section of the court. At one point, the lawyer, Robert Richter, accused the magistrate of bias and asked her to step down from the case.

Dramatic Derby d'Italia triumph keeps Allegri's men on track
That result shrunk Juve's lead to just one point with four games remaining, and two tough trips to Roma and Inter still to come. This season perhaps might be the best chance for any club to wrestle the League title from Juventus.

Cesc Fabregas Makes Statement on Chelsea Future
Eden Hazard found Fabregas unmarked in the penalty area and the Spanish midfielder curled a shot past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Opportunistic Jets Steal Game 1 From Preds
The Jets managed just two shots on the backup netminder over 18 minutes before he was pulled for an extra attacker. It's a shame this couldn't have been the Western Conference Finals since we have two great teams in action.

Israeli youth leaders arrested for negligence after floods kill 10 hiking teenagers
Magen David Adom CEO Eli Bin told an Israeli radio station that the rescue teams are "racing against the clock to save lives". The main question being asked was why the group had chose to continue with the hike in an area known for flash floods.

Palestinians: Teen Shot by Israeli Forces During Gaza Protest Dies of Wounds
The protests come at a time of growing frustration for Palestinians as prospects for an independent Palestinian state look poor. Gaza Strip was shaken by seven weeks of clashes in the summer of 2014 between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

A drag protest is being planned planned for Trump's United Kingdom visit
It would be Mr Trump's first trip to this country since he was elected in November 2016. Neither the White House nor Downing Street has said where Trump will visit.

Deadpool crashes Hugh Jackman's birthday message, proving he's the ultimate fan boy
Earlier today, his pal, Hugh Jackman , tweeted a video of himself trying to post a birthday message to somebody from a hotel room. In either case, the numbers are looking great for Deadpool 2 just three weeks before its release on May 18th, 2018.

Three in a row for Vettel, Hamilton shares front row
Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin impressed in 11th and 12th for Williams , who also produced their best performance of the season. Kimi Raikkonen was on course to snatch pole from his teammate only to make a mistake at the final corner of his lap.

Recommended For Civil Services This Year; Durishetty Anudeep Topper
Talking about her achievement, an elated Anu said ensuring the safety of women in the country would be her top priority. While the Telangana candidate topped the list, Anu Kumari from Sonipat came second, while Sachin Gupta stood third.