Big blow for Sinn Fein - EU rejects bid for special status for Northern Ireland

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So the Shinners fail once again.

They tried to get Northern Ireland partitioned off from the rest of the UK in order to get special treatment for NI in the post-Brexit world.

The European Parliament rejected this by 374 votes to 66.

Sinn Fein really don't seem to understand that they can't just enact selective partition when it suits their nationalistic agenda. And they don't seem to understand that Brexit has nothing to do with the Belfast Agreement. It will continue to exist no matter what the status of the UK is.


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/european-parliament-rejects-special-status-for-northern-ireland-1.3144414

"MEPs have voted against a proposal to give Northern Ireland special designated status in the European Union.

In a blow to Sinn Féin, the proposal from the European United Left - Nordic Green Left of which it is a member, was rejected by MEPs by 374 votes to 66.

The proposal, voted on in Brussels on Wednesday, called for the Belfast Agreement to by upheld as part of the UK’s exit from the EU.

It called for "the North" to be designated with a special status so access to EU membership, the Customs Union, the Single Market and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice would be maintained.

It also called for the freedom of movement of goods, people and services on the island of Ireland."
 


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So the Shinners fail once again.

They tried to get Northern Ireland partitioned off from the rest of the UK in order to get special treatment for NI in the post-Brexit world.

The European Parliament rejected this by 374 votes to 66.

Sinn Fein really don't seem to understand that they can't just enact selective partition when it suits their nationalistic agenda. And they don't seem to understand that Brexit has nothing to do with the Belfast Agreement. It will continue to exist no matter what the status of the UK is.


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/european-parliament-rejects-special-status-for-northern-ireland-1.3144414

"MEPs have voted against a proposal to give Northern Ireland special designated status in the European Union.

In a blow to Sinn Féin, the proposal from the European United Left - Nordic Green Left of which it is a member, was rejected by MEPs by 374 votes to 66.

The proposal, voted on in Brussels on Wednesday, called for the Belfast Agreement to by upheld as part of the UK’s exit from the EU.

It called for "the North" to be designated with a special status so access to EU membership, the Customs Union, the Single Market and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice would be maintained.

It also called for the freedom of movement of goods, people and services on the island of Ireland."
I imagine SF might get a bounce from this, while it is the citizens living in NI who will suffer from Brexit and the failure of this proposal.
 

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can't just enact selective partition when it suits their nationalistic agenda


Ha ha ha. The irony
 

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Seems Dribbles would prefer to see a setback for SF than the best interests of the people in the North being met.
 

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Rubbing salt into the wound:

MEPs have applauded Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson as he said that there is no legal entity called “the north of Ireland” – before they overwhelmingly rejected a Sinn Fein-backed call for Northern Ireland to have EU ‘special status’.
MEPs cheer Jim Nicholson and reject NI special status after Brexit - Belfast Newsletter

Manky Martina missed the Vote (for Family reasons), but Diane Dodds and Jim Nicholson voted No.

Mr Nicholson, the veteran Ulster Unionist, took particular exception to the refusal to correctly describe Northern Ireland by its legal title.


Addressing MEPs, he said: “I am a member from the north of Ireland and there is no such entity as ‘the north of Ireland’. It is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and if you want to refer to Northern Ireland you refer to it as ‘Northern Ireland’.


MEPs applauded as Mr Nicholson spoke.


In a statement after the vote, Mr Nicholson said it was ironic that Sinn Fein was seeking “special status” for a region they refuse to call by its proper, legal name.
 

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The EU in practice supports the GFA
 

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The best interests of NI were met ... the right of the UK to decide it's own future was upheld and SF got their arse slapped.
What would you expect SF to do? They represent a significant minority with a largely different citizenship to their political opponents. They also represent a European constituency which voted against Brexit. They are a political party seeking a political solution to a political problem. That's no ordinary feat for a Northern party. It shouldn't be a matter of getting one up on "themuns" by having their arses handed to them.
Refering to a politician as manky also undermines the political process.
 

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What would you expect SF to do? They represent a significant minority with a largely different citizenship to their political opponents. They also represent a European constituency which voted against Brexit. They are a political party seeking a political solution to a political problem. That's no ordinary feat for a Northern party. It shouldn't be a matter of getting one up on "themuns" by having their arses handed to them.
Refering to a politician as manky also undermines the political process.

To be honest I have called her worse.
 

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This was last week.

Farcically many in the Nordic left grouping want to leave the EU.

Then they try to impose it on others.

:roll:
 

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in my view selective preferential treatment for the north would have cemented partition for a lot longer. this will mean either the UK enforce the land border or the sea border themselves in my view. that's gonna make things very awkward and might encourage people to the idea of reunification
 

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Big blow for Coveney too... and probably for all of us on this island...

Unsurprising though...

Brexit is a UK-wide folly... and NI is part of the UK.

Plus I doubt if any other country was mad enough to follow the UK's lead that the EU would be open to treating various regions of such countries differently just because they voted differently from the whole...

It would be a ludicrous precedent to set.

Brexit is going to lead to the re-partitioning of this island... f*** 'em.
 

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So the Shinners fail once again.

They tried to get Northern Ireland partitioned off from the rest of the UK in order to get special treatment for NI in the post-Brexit world.

The European Parliament rejected this by 374 votes to 66.

Sinn Fein really don't seem to understand that they can't just enact selective partition when it suits their nationalistic agenda. And they don't seem to understand that Brexit has nothing to do with the Belfast Agreement. It will continue to exist no matter what the status of the UK is.


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/european-parliament-rejects-special-status-for-northern-ireland-1.3144414

"MEPs have voted against a proposal to give Northern Ireland special designated status in the European Union.

In a blow to Sinn Féin, the proposal from the European United Left - Nordic Green Left of which it is a member, was rejected by MEPs by 374 votes to 66.

The proposal, voted on in Brussels on Wednesday, called for the Belfast Agreement to by upheld as part of the UK’s exit from the EU.

It called for "the North" to be designated with a special status so access to EU membership, the Customs Union, the Single Market and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice would be maintained.

It also called for the freedom of movement of goods, people and services on the island of Ireland."
The North already has special status.
It is the only region in the UK with the capacity to automatically re-join the EU post-Brexit thanks to the GFA and the EU.
Moreover, everyone in the North has the right to Irish - and EU citizenship - as a birthright by virtue of the Irish Constitution and re-affirmed in the GFA.
 
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I imagine SF might get a bounce from this, while it is the citizens living in NI who will suffer from Brexit and the failure of this proposal.
Not that the OP gives a sh!t about anyone in NI, it could sink into an economic black hole for all that muppet cares and he would be happy that a SF proposal got voted down.
 

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Big blow for Coveney too... and probably for all of us on this island...

Unsurprising though...

Brexit is a UK-wide folly... and NI is part of the UK.

Plus I doubt if any other country was mad enough to follow the UK's lead that the EU would be open to treating various regions of such countries differently just because they voted differently from the whole...

It would be a ludicrous precedent to set.

Brexit is going to lead to the re-partitioning of this island... f*** 'em.
there goes the city of London's hopes for special status so
 

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Manky Martina missed the Vote (for Family reasons), but Diane Dodds and Jim Nicholson voted No.
The fools the fools do they not see they have left the farmers/agri-food sector up the creek without a paddel.
 

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The best interests of NI were met ... the right of the UK to decide it's own future was upheld and SF got their arse slapped.
The majority of people in NI as shown in a recent referendum on the subject disagree with you
 


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