NEWS DIGEST 07.08.2021: Democracy, post Brexit life and the Northern Ireland Protocol

Good morning and happy weekend. Today’s News Digest comes from NewsNow‘s Brexit section.

Led by Donkeys, an anti-Brexit activist group is leading a growing campaign against Sainsbury’s, as the supermarket continues to advertise during Nigel Farage’s new TV show on GB News, prompting some customers to apparently jump ship. When the former Ukip leader first confirmed he was hosting a new TV show, the group also used a dual billboard placement to emphasise some of his most controversial quotes – alongside the brands who still back GB News. The former Brexit Party leader grabbed a prime time 7pm slot for his new programme titled Farage on Andrew Neil’s new channel, GB News, in July. Swedish furniture giant Ikea, cider firm Kopparberg and Octopus Energy were just a few of the names who pulled their adverts from the new network after it went live on air in June. Sky Media allegedly placed many advertising partners on GB News without informing them first, and once furious boycotters piped up, they were quick to drop their connections to the new channel – Led By Donkeys Hit Sainsbury’s And Nigel Farage With A Damning New Stunt (HuffPost U.K. Edition News)

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In the EU, democratic governance is the number one requirement of European Union membership. All the treaties of the EU, upon which all EU laws must be compatible, and any new countries applying to join the EU, must be unanimously and democratically agreed by all the national parliaments of every EU member state, however large or small. The European Parliament is the EU’s law-making body, alongside the EU Council, which comprises the departmental ministers of democratically elected governments of every EU country. EU laws can only be passed by the European Parliament in concert with the EU Council. The Commission is responsible for implementing the democratic decisions of the EU, upholding and enforcing democratically passed EU laws and treaties, and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. The Commission also proposes new laws, but they only do this in close collaboration with the European Parliament and Council of Ministers, as only the Parliament and Council can pass laws – Why the EU is more democratic than the UK (EU Rope)

AN argument over Brexit escalated and resulted in a man being subjected to a “serious assault”, a court has heard. Steven Carter of Dervock Street in Derry, Northern Ireland, was found guilty after contesting a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man on July 30 2019. Officers spoke to the injured party who said following an argument about Brexit he had been assaulted by Carter. The incident occurred after the defendant and injured party and his brother had been drinking together. Defence counsel Stephen Mooney said this was “a very serious offence”. He told the court that Carter had previously suffered an injury that had, in effect, ruined his life. Carter was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for three years and ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation – Argument over Brexit led to `serious assault’ (The Irish News – News)

Just seven months after it came into force, the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland was put back on centre stage as David Frost, Britain’s Brexit Minister, and Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, set out their vision for removing trade friction between Britain and Northern Ireland in a new Command Paper. In the face of these challenges, the European Parliament will have a big role to play in ensuring robust negotiations and detailed scrutiny of the Command Paper and any trade agreements. This is exemplified in the European Parliament, with MEPs from all political groups and backgrounds condemning unilateral actions by the UK government on the Northern Ireland protocol. Is the UK’s Command Paper a genuine attempt to inject positive impetus into negotiations, or political grandstanding to assuage a domestic electorate? It is mostly the latter, however legitimate concerns and ideas should be listened to. Implementing Britain’s Command Paper proposals in their entirety would amount to a renegotiation of around half of the protocol – Sean Kelly: Is Britain’s Command Paper genuine negotiation or political grandstanding? (Business Post – Brexit)

BORIS Johnson has once again brought his absurdly preposterous clown show to Scotland. Unionism is an extreme fanatical ideology that seeks to deny reality. Johnson plans to restrict the right to vote, and the right to protest, will gerrymander electoral boundaries to favour the Tories and plans to lock journalists up for 14 years who publish stories that embarrass the government, Unionism is a racket that seeks to keep Scotland unorganised, disenchanted and apathetic. AFTER reading Wednesday’s front-page headline regarding PM Johnson’s latest snub of our esteemed First Minister, I must say nothing surprises me any more when it comes to Johnson’s crass behaviour and disrespect towards Scotland and the Scottish Government. There was no doubt in my mind that Johnson’s visit to Scotland would entail being hidden away from public view again while “spouting off” his usual “Scotindy bad, referendum bad, SNP bad, UK/Brexit good” drivel in front of a chosen partisan audience that misrepresents true Scot public opinion of this particularly awful PM and the divisive political ideology that he preaches – Unionism is an extreme fanatical ideology that seeks to deny reality (The National – News)

“It is the people of Northern Ireland who will suffer” if an agreement is not reached over the Northern Ireland Protocol, stated Lord Jay of Ewelme, the head of a House of Lords committee examining the problem. Article five of the Northern Ireland Protocol effectively means that all goods currently entering Northern Ireland are subject to European Union checks, regardless of their ultimate destination. The EU are dealing with a government who are attempting to change an international agreement, an action which our own Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has admitted will “break international law” – yet, somehow, Westminster expect them to take seriously a new deal grounded in trust? This, to me, is utterly farcical. Though we cannot undo Brexit, we need to develop more amicable relations with the EU and through this, regain some trust from the peoples of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – Trade, Peace And The Protocol: Northern Ireland (The Oxford Student)

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