No Special Status

There should be no hurdles, special status or  ‘economic arrangements’ being introduced that would  in anyway separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. It is totally unacceptable that any barrier would exist between the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland. 

Mr Tusk and his cohorts are trying to subvert Northern Ireland in a blatantly aggressive attempt to destabilise our Exit from the EU;  with  no consideration for the people. We must be under no illusions, this is a direct threat to the sovereignty and integrity of this nation. We need look no further than the gleeful reaction to todays events from those Nationalists who seek to divide the Union. 

The European Union has no business attempting to interfere in the internal arrangements of the United Kingdom.

While it’s important that we recognise the context of our land border with the Republic of Ireland: When we leave the European Union, we must leave in exactly the same manner in which we entered the Common Market in 1973- as one United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When we exit, the Government will have to work closely with the Government of the Irish Republic to ensure mature and sensible co-operation; but within the context of existing arrangements and the common travel area.

It’s undeniable that for each part of the UK, our most important trade, social and cultural relationships are those here – with the rest of this great nation.  The  nature of trade, both domestically within the UK, and across the land border with  the Republic of Ireland highlights the importance of finding a practical solution that avoids a the need for hard border.

We already have a Common Travel Area (*CTA) in place that has operated since the 1920s. As things stand, the internal borders are subject to minimal controls and can normally be crossed by British and Irish citizens.  

In order to allay understandable fears regarding the potential for cross-border crime and abuse of the CTA, digital checks using the latest technology would be a sensible way of enhancing security with minimal fuss. In fact, in 2011 the British and Irish Governments released a joint statement which proposed exactly that; the future development of an “electronic management system to combat the abuse of the CTA.” 

As the European Union is itself in favour of implementing digital checking systems elsewhere in Europe; shouldn’t Brussels be fair and sensible in its treatment of this border?

However; are the EU really behaving like fair and reasonable negotiators?  When Mr. Tusk publicly announced that Irish Prime Minister, Varadkar would have a veto on Britain’s “deal” with the EU – that should have been the final straw for Mrs. May.  The Government should call the EU’s bluff and walk away now. Pull the plug on these absurd negotiations and start making new relationships and deals with the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.

The Government must step up and deliver on  what the people of the United Kingdom voted for on the 23rd of June last year:  Leave means leave.

The events of the past week have again proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that UKIP has never been more important than it is right now across the UK: Standing up for this nation.