Should NI voters elect Irish MEPs?

Breanainn

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Surprisingly, the source of this idea is neither SF, nor Dublin, but Guy Verhofstadt. The former Belgian PM has suggested that because NI residents are entitled to Irish citizenship, they should be added to the European electoral register for Ireland, and this country could thereby secure extra MEPs. Can't think of any precedent, though Gibraltar and French DOM-TOMs are similar:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/12/eu-warns-brexit-talks-could-fail-after-johnsons-go-whistle-remarks
 


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Surprisingly, the source of this idea is neither SF, nor Dublin, but Guy Verhofstadt. The former Belgian PM has suggested that because NI residents are entitled to Irish citizenship, they should be added to the European electoral register for Ireland, and this country could thereby secure extra MEPs. Can't think of any precedent, though Gibraltar and French DOM-TOMs are similar:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/12/eu-warns-brexit-talks-could-fail-after-johnsons-go-whistle-remarks
Where are the current ones from? Japan?
 

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Seriously clever.

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ruserious

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Ultimately a United Ireland is the only way to solve this political mess. And the U.K. Government know it.
 

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Its a great idea, why didn't our government suggest it? Oh right, Fine Gael. :roll:
 

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The only way we can have a successful united Ireland is if someone else pays for it.
 

the secretary

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Sounds like a smart move but unlikfly to happen
 

hollandia

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Sounds like a smart move but unlikfly to happen
Given northern voters will have the opportunity to vote for the president in the election after the next one, it is entirely likely.
 
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Surprisingly, the source of this idea is neither SF, nor Dublin, but Guy Verhofstadt. The former Belgian PM has suggested that because NI residents are entitled to Irish citizenship, they should be added to the European electoral register for Ireland, and this country could thereby secure extra MEPs. Can't think of any precedent, though Gibraltar and French DOM-TOMs are similar:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/12/eu-warns-brexit-talks-could-fail-after-johnsons-go-whistle-remarks
You've just got to laugh

'The Democratic Unionists in turn said it would use its parliamentary muscle to force the government to block any moves allowing for Northern Ireland voters to elect MEPs in the Irish Republic.
DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told the Guardian there was “no chance” his party would accept such an arrangement after Brexit.
Donaldson said the 10 DUP MPs at Westminster who currently shore up the minority Conservative government would insist to the prime minister that Verhostad’s proposal be rejected out of hand in Brexit negotiations.
It will be most disappointing if these bozos don't get some sort of a kicking at the hands of the EU before all of this is finished. And laughably goes on to say it would be a breach of the GFA-you know the GFA that they were so concerned about when they facilitated and supported Brexit.
 

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You've just got to laugh



It will be most disappointing if these bozos don't get some sort of a kicking at the hands of the EU before all of this is finished. And laughably goes on to say it would be a breach of the GFA-you know the GFA that they were so concerned about when they facilitated and supported Brexit.
it really has nothing to do with the negotiations. The EU through Ireland can offer a vote to whoever they like. The Brtis can refuse polling stations perhaps but not anything through the post.
 

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it really has nothing to do with the negotiations. The EU through Ireland can offer a vote to whoever they like. The Brtis can refuse polling stations perhaps but not anything through the post.
Exactly. It's none of their damn business. There's something absolutely delicious about all of this. I hope it happens. Who in the f**k do these people think they are?
 

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it really has nothing to do with the negotiations. The EU through Ireland can offer a vote to whoever they like. The Brtis can refuse polling stations perhaps but not anything through the post.
It is to do with the EU if they're offering us extra MEPs. Its a great idea, just a bit strange that it comes from a Belgian, you'd think Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin would have come up with the idea even if Fine Gael are too partitionist.
 

hollandia

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it really has nothing to do with the negotiations. The EU through Ireland can offer a vote to whoever they like. The Brtis can refuse polling stations perhaps but not anything through the post.
From the link, it appeared nordies would have to cross the border to vote. Or am I reading too much into this?
 


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