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It’s time for Boris and his merry men to start negotiating with the EU in good faith

The UK Government’s decision to table legislation which undermines the Withdrawal Agreement shows Boris is not negotiating with the EU in good faith, says County Meath beef farmer Eamon Cassells.

With September coming to a close, we can definitely feel the evenings drawing in and the weather turning for the worse.

 

But could we be facing into a winter of discontent as we get to the pointy end of Brexit?

 

Hollow slogans like ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and ‘Taking back control’ have neither purpose nor impact anymore, as the only people to be won over are sitting around the same negotiating table.

 

Not that there will be a deal, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are making sure of that, with not one but two Bills put forward that undermine the Withdrawal Agreement.

 

The very same agreement these men negotiated themselves mere months ago, proclaiming it as a great victory for Britain.

 

Clear

 

It seems clear to me, as to those negotiating in Brussels, that Boris and co don’t want a deal.

 

Not that no deal is in any way advantageous to the UK, but they realise they can never come good on all the promises they made about the whole sorry mess.

 

So instead, the Tories are going to do what Tories do best and blame somebody else.

 

They hope they can antagonise the EU negotiating team into walking away and then blame the EU for the damage the Brexiteers have so clearly done to their own country.

 

For the past four years, Brexiteers have acted like they are winning some game that the other side have no interest in playing.

 

Subterfuge

 

Now, their subterfuge has been exposed as so ham-fisted and amateurish that they are scoring own goals even though they are ­­the only ones on the pitch.

 

Barnier and co won’t leave the table until the final minute, removing that scapegoat for the ensuing chaos that will come in January.

 

What’s more, when a Government blatantly and admittedly breaks international law, it doesn’t exactly fill third parties with confidence when it comes to dealing with you on the world stage.

 

The United States are guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), something that members of both sides of Congress take very seriously.

 

These are the same congress men and women who would have to approve any future trade deal with the UK, something they said they will not do if the UK reneges on its obligations under the GFA.

 

Gift

 

Michael Gove, on the other hand, seemed to offer us in the EU the unintentional gift of Kent last week, with any truck drivers needing a visa of sorts to cross the Kentish border.

 

While we appreciate the thought Mr Gove, we would much prefer if you stopped ‘acting the maggot’, as we say round these parts, honoured your legal obligations and stopped using the security of the island of Ireland as a plaything.

 

It’s bad enough that Irish beef farmers are facing a crisis of income without having to face the dark days of The Troubles again.

 

Grow up and start negotiating in good faith!

 

Eamon can be found tweeting at @Eamon4prez

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