Re: RE: Mooseman
Erm no. The EU doesnt have to offer Ireland a choice, the EU is above Ireland. Ireland do as they are told. For example Ireland doesnt want to take more money off Apple, the EU dictates Ireland takes money from Apple and wins the legal case. Ireland takes the money but appeals against the decision in hope of giving Apple their money back. Or that the EU is negotiating Irelands border not Ireland. That sovereignty thing we leavers were banging on about.
Firstly, that's about unfair state aid rules which was around since the Treaty of Rome, so no EU country can claim they didn't know what they were signing up to (not even the UK in 1973).
Secondly, if countries in the EU do as they are told, how come it was possible to have a Brexit referendum in the UK in the first place? Is it more of that UK exceptionalism?
And thirdly, as a rules-based union signed up to the WTO, the EU has agreed alongside 160-odd other countries that, in the absence of a trade agreement between two countries then there must be a border with ports and customs inspection points. The EU is not going to waive that rule as they are signed up to the WTO.
Some brain-dead politicians in the UK may claim the solution is to not have any border or customs inspections, that would be against the WTO rules which the UK is falling back on and in breach of the UK's agreements with 160+ other countries. Not an auspicious start.
Why are you thinking things will be the same? Or that things as they are is the optimal or desirable? FYI Japan has extended the UK an offer to join the TPP partnership that the US dropped out of. It does require we brexit though.
The Japanese offer is an invitation to start negotiation after Brexit, it is not done deal. The UK currently has an agreement with Japan now and it will lose that after the 29th of March... so much for the EU stopping the UK having FTAs, eh?