Political opportunism is destroying the British future. The European Union last week proposed a draft agreement of a future deal with the United Kingdom, which included a threat to divide the island of Ireland.
The bombshell, which Prime Minister Theresa May flatly rejected, looks to be a direct threat to the Belfast Agreement of 1998. Speaking in Parliament last week, the Prime Minister said that proposal “threatens the Constitutional Integrity of the UK” and “undermines the UK Common Market.”
However, what is crucial is that there have been numerous reports that no such border would be necessary. The European Union undertook a report in November 2017, merely months ago, that said the following:
It is also agreed by everyone that it is essential to avoid creating a “visible” border (involving a physical infrastructure) between the two parts of Ireland…it has been suggested that it might be possible to devise a sophisticated high technology solution that would make it possible to do without a “visible” border.
The UK Government also published a report in August 2017 that stressed the significance of not having a border. The removal of the border, it said, was the “most tangible symbol of the peace process.” The tensions that have existed across these geographic borders have produced wounds that are still healing and ever since the Belfast Agreement, all parties involved have steadfastly worked at maintaining this peace.
Yet despite the acknowledged necessity by both the EU and the UK of not having a border, the EU is using political opportunism to undermine Theresa May and upset the British future. The EU has just simply changed tack for it’s own benefit.
This sort of blatant opportunism raises many questions, such as why would we want to be part of an organisation that is so willing to play games at the expense of our future? And moreover, what kind of organisation deliberately frustrates a government that is merely trying to implement the will of the people? These about the EU’s most recent behaviour are completely valid and we must ask ourselves if we like the answers.