Friday 20 October 2017

Why history has me worried about our ability to export to UK

Former Ulster MP Enoch Powell spoke of outside influences in 1972
Former Ulster MP Enoch Powell spoke of outside influences in 1972
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I refer to John Bruton's article of November 2 and share his worries about the consequences to our future ability to export to the UK.

However, his solution that the imperial parliament will refer changes it intends to make to existing EU/UK law by giving public notice of their intention to do so, and formally consult both the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Assembly, shows a lack of understanding of the history of Anglo-Irish relations - particularly since the Constitution of 1782, which allowed major modification of Poynings' Law.

These modifications were intended to split the patriots between Catholic and Protestant and when this failed the only solution to prevent Ireland following the precedent set by the US in ceding from the UK, was to bribe the unionist members of Henry Grattan's parliament. This was done with the passing of the Act Of Union 1800.

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