Ok, I'll bite and will answer your question which you already know the answer to. As you know, with Brexit, the UK is forcing to take a good look at the Good Friday Agreement and uphold it is a priority, not only in word but also in spirit.
No UK intent from the beginning has been to honour the GFA hence in the opening of negotiations that the UK would not place physical checks at the border
Glad you seem to have accepted that.
I have always accepted that the GFA needs to be honoured, we just have differences of opinion on the how that can be achieved
Now, the border needs to stay open without any physical barrier, not even a camera, as per Irish minister which you are keen to quote here.
Now you are talking different things, it was the Insistence of the EU the only way the border can be made frictionless without any infrastructure is by NI staying in regulatory alinginment other wise a hard border has to be erected, now that it looks like that a no deal exit will take place all of a sudden a hard border is not a prerequisite anymore
The EU does want the GFA - doesn't want the Troubles to return - respected and at the same time, doesn't make any concessions to the unity of the common market and will never allow a back door to be introduced. But you know about this.
It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that the Troubles do not return, trade between NI and ROI has to respect the law of the land irrespective if a nation is in the EU or not on imports/exports legitimate business will not want to Jeopardise that
With the Withdraw Agreement, the problem was put at the people whom created this problem in the first place: United Kingdom. They wanted to leave the CU and SM, not the EU, not Ireland, not all the partners in the GFA, the UK.
The UK exercised it’s right under Article 50 to withdraw from the Union are you saying we should not have that right because it might upset someone?
That's why I said that the UK is acting - and you are one of the biggest advocates here - like a child, create a problem, but take no responsibility for it.
We have created no problem nor are we abrogating our right under the respective agreements applicable to the UK, the UK government has a responsibility to ensure that given the circumstances of the referenda that we leave on the best possible terms, parliament responsibility was to ensure we did not leave on terms that would in effect be to “not bind its successor” to any agreement which the WA did in fact do
In your linked article it said that there wasn't any ready-made solution
Hence the need to negotiate and as per A50 sec2 take into account the future relationship, the EU wanted to bind the UK to a position without knowing the future terms and conditions, in other words putting the cart before the horse
if Ireland doesn't find an air-tide way to control goods entering the Republic of Ireland, yes, the EU will be forced - doesn't want to, but forced - to have a border between Ireland and the rest of the EU.
The ROI in that article has said they are in talks with Brussels on how to mitigate the chances of non-standard goods or foodstuff arriving via the border, the ROI has said no to hard infrastructure at or close to the border, it seems to me that if the ROI is intransigent on the matter. There already is an electronic border if the future relationship can be defined then all this brouhaha could have been avoided as standards of goods in NI are not going to overnight if they ever do.
Just as was proposed between Northern Ireland and UK mainland which you all were fiercely opposed to.
Of course I was opposed to it, there is a vast fundamental difference to what you are suggesting a border in the Irish Sea, chiefly that you are expecting a foreign entity to have regulatory and judicial supremacy over territory which does not belong to it, for which then infringers on the sovereign regulatory and judicial obligations in regards to the internal market of the United Kingdom
And before you start, you wanted this and now you have exported your problem to the Republic of Ireland and the EU. And that is quite shameful.
To right I want the UK to leave the EU and not ashamed of the fact, but we actually have not exported any problem to the ROI as noted that you are unwilling to answer, is ROI contravening EU law by not building a hard border if it’s required by EU law what sanctions would you like to place on the Republic by not enforcing EU law?