Monday, January 30, 2017

They'll need the Irish one for everywhere else

During questions to Boris Johnson in the House of Commons today about the Trump visa ban --

Ian Paisley (North Antrim) (DUP) ... Could he also advise Northern Ireland citizens who hold Irish passports but who are entitled to full British passports on whether they should apply for British passports for ease of travel to the United States?

It's not bad quality attempted trolling but it's nonsensical. It now turns out that Boris's "exclusive" deal exempting UK passport holders had already been obtained by Canada, and seems also imminent for Australia, New Zealand and perhaps given that trend,, Ireland. It's also not clear what the description of the deal given by the Foreign Office means, since, for example, no is flying directly from Mogadishu to the USA anyway. But finally, note Big Ian Jnr's inability to see beyond the opportunism of a preferential exemption to the principle that all nationals should expect the same treatment. That's the DUP in a nutshell.

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