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After months of perma-grinning all over the airwaves, Irish PM Leo Varadkar finally jumped the shark yesterday afternoon. Attending a political summer school in County Donegal, Leo dropped the pretence of any sort of political professionalism and went into full-on Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa mode.
During an interview with Irish television, Varadkar made the following comments:
“If there is a hard Brexit on the 31 of October, if the UK takes Northern Ireland OUT OF THE EU (my emphasis) against the wishes of the majority of people of Northern Ireland and takes away their European citizenship and undermines the Good Friday Agreement in doing so, those conditions will arise whether we like it or not.”
Thank you, Leo. You’ve finally if inadvertently, revealed your true intentions. Doesn’t this prove the backstop was never going to be temporary? It was to be a permanent piece of constitutional machinery designed to keep Northern Ireland within the EU in perpetuity (a key demand of the Shinners).
Also, by referencing the Northern Ireland result of the Brexit referendum without any consideration whatsoever of the UK-wide term of reference for that vote, Varadkar is also making it plain he has no regard for the Principle of Consent.
I’m happy to repeat a little fact for him, even if it is the ten-thousandth time I’ve had to say this:
IT WAS A UK-WIDE VOTE. ONE VOTE IN BELFAST HAD EXACTLY THE SAME WEIGHT AS ONE VOTE IN BATH, ONE VOTE IN BATHGATE AND ONE VOTE IN BLACKWOOD.
Everyone who voted in the Brexit referendum accepted the terms and conditions of it. It was, after all, thoroughly debated beforehand for many months. We all consciously and willingly voted as ONE United Kingdom, yet now unscrupulous politicians are manipulating the result to try and divide us.
One of the cardinal rules of post-1945 European politics is that you don’t attempt a land grab of territory belonging to another jurisdiction. The Russians have done so in Ukraine and made themselves international pariahs; the Turks did so in Cyprus, with consequences still being felt 45 years later; elements of the Irish political class gave succour to the Provos as they tried to do so for over three decades, and consigned thousands to early graves.
Today, the Irish government is attempting one using EU solidarity, an appallingly erroneous reading of the Belfast Agreement, and threats of terrorist violence an excuse for doing so.
As for Varadkar’s ludicrous contention constitutional change may be just around the corner, I’ll remind him the combined nationalist vote in the most recent elections in Northern Ireland back in May was 36% – the lowest for a generation.
Beneath the perma-grin, this is a very nasty, calculating and deeply spiteful individual. He’s now attempting to unsettle the province’s British population by pandering to nationalist cliches. Unionists have been warned.