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A U.K. civil servant speaks in gravest terms about threat no deal poses to Northern Ireland. Listen. Brave to speak so clearly.
The leading civil servant in Northern Ireland has warned that the impact of a no-deal Brexit would be grave politically, economically and societally | Read more: bit.ly/2kwbrE2 pic.twitter.com/K6fIS81jiz

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He has to do this because NI has had no ministers since Jan 2017. We'll be talking about new @instituteforgov report on Governing without Ministers on Thursday
Thought you might be interested @duponline.
This might be what Andrew Marr just referred to in his interview with Dominic Raab - a lot of officials in Ireland in the past few days warning about the grave impact of no deal on the N Irish economy.
If it is brave to say these things, you know how low the UK has sunk
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All the more astonishing that Arlene Foster/DUP are playing a significant role in inflicting this potential calamity on their own people. Speaks volumes about politicians being in politics to serve themselves.
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On this Day (Sept 22nd) in 1989 Bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen; 1998 - Taoiseach Ahern pushes for a decommissioning timetable from the IRA; 2002 - Trimble calls on all IRA members to quit the paramilitary organisation and join its political wing- Protect the #GFA #RevokeA50 pic.twitter.com/orYFuQgk9s
Faintest chance this will be on BBC ? Not holding breath
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Platform provided by @CCBSCrossBorder 20th Anniversary Conference, where @HeadNICS spoke alongside @marksedwill and Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser. North-South and East-West relations.
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but also not new.. this has been the repeated message from the NICS -- indeed they put docs to this effect on their website.. David Sterling said similar stuff @instituteforgov in July
Wow. Very brave. Very clear that no deal would harm Northern Ireland “politically, economically and societally”.
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At which point calls for #brexit optimism ring decidedly hollow if not cynical.
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I think for DUP - this is “The Union issue” re Brexit - 60% support the backstop (good bits & bad bits) With the coming demographics, the attraction of ROI & any bad Brexit stuff “their fault” - hard to see “good outcomes” for them or NI from Brexit/no deal
Madness. What are we doing to each other? And ourselves?
Short version: the peace process didn't work.
Aren’t @DUPleader and @NigelDoddsDUP just the greatest pair of numpties God ever put breath in!
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What is the problem with these people and their doom and gloom speech? The U.K. is leaving the EU. A new agreement will need to be made or else tariffs will be more expensive. It’s not the end of the Worldamd life will continue.
Someone needs to speak truth to power (political). Spoken honestly @HeadNICS
Stop using fake threats of terrorism to overturn democracy and get what you want. We voted LEAVE. If we don't get what we voted for the civil unrest will be far bigger and wider than any #ProjectFear you can come up with. It would make the Troubles look like a LibDem conference
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And the Republic? Seems lacking imo
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so we are all just people our hands are tied and we can do nothing about this the only ones who can are the Government who say they are doing everything to get a deal so we either trust them or it will be a disaster
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No New Year Honours for him?
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There shouldn't be a 'Northern Ireland'. There shouldn't be a UK civil servant administering on the island of Ireland. There shouldn't be an EU either. And citizens of Great Britain shouldn't have to stay in one phoney institution to uphold another!
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the Government are caught between their own poker hand and a massacre at the next election by the Brexit party
DUP as usual are asleep 😴 at the wheel. Why does NI elect these goons?@DUPleader @eastantrimmp
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And to think they voted Remain.
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Oh for God's sake. ..just get on with it.
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will push their damned Brexit agenda - against warnings like this and against wishes of NI majority - even if it means a scorched earth reality.
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Why do we only hear the DUP opinion on N Ireland when the subject of no deal and the border are discussed ? The media wheel out Arlene Foster & co yet N Ureland voted to remain and a majority support the Backstop within any deal.
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United Ireland now. Problem solved.
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Project fear does not work.
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Civil Servant doing his job, stating facts. Says "our assessment." Not politicised, just what is going to happen. If you don't like facts, tough.
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Seems all the civil servants are reading from the same hymn book!
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Yes, the sky is falling, run for your lives! This clown knows no more about what a potential post no-deal UK/NI would look like than anybody else. Project Fear hard at work; why not put your energies into making it work? 🤥🤫🤐🙄🖕
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I suggest you list to what he’s actually saying there. There is no threat to Northern Ireland here. 😉
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did anyone ask this civil servant how he voted in the ref, probably another scarmonger twat put up to it by ollie robinson and mrs may
Proof positive that Brexit is plain dumb with no economic advantages for many years to come #Remain
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@Conservatives @ScotConserv This is what everyone else is trying to avoid.
Martin Fraser, Secretary General to the Irish Government; David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland's Civil Service and Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary UK
This needs to be widely read.
So for clarity: no deal causes big problems for NI, Ireland, rest of Britain & the EU.
UK approach: Give us a deal or we all suffer. If no deal, EU fault.
EU approach: EU project comes first. If no deal, fault of the UK.
Even if a deal is struck, labour & lib dems will vote down
You might get your wish for unpasteurised milk soon enough @gailforcezero!!!
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@DUPleader @BorisJohnson aye and whilst I’m at it why not that reclining arsehole @Jacob_Rees_Mogg have a watch and learn
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