The NI protocol

The Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement signed by Boris Johnson after a partisan vote in the House of Commons, introduces a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Great Britian. Now that the Unionists have caught up with what the deal means, they are mightily unhappy; the problem is that many of them are armed and lethal violence was only expunged as a regular tactic in 1998. Here are my notes on the NI protocol. Continue reading “The NI protocol”

Brexit, Month One

The post brexit deal, one month on. It’s not going well, both trade, which is down, some say by 68%, due to the economic consequences of non-tariff barriers to entry, mainly paper work, and the consequences of agreeing a border in the Irish Sea are placing massive strains on the Good Friday agreement. Here are some notes. Continue reading “Brexit, Month One”