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N.Ireland is once again the rope in the UK/EU tug of war.

(we've been here before, several times 🙄😩)

Both claim to be acting on the grounds of the Good Friday/Belfast 1998 Agreement.

Both have a point…

But it’s complicated.

A twitter thread.
#Brexit #GFA
The Belfast/Good Friday #Agreement has 3 strands.

These strands represent the lines of division that gave rise to the #conflict:
* unionist/nationalist within NI,
* north/south across the border, &
* British/Irish.

The B/GFA formalised cooperation across these lines.
Crucially, all are #interdependent.

Underpinning it all is the British-Irish relationship

That relationship was improved & became closer as a result of being ‘partners in the EU’ 🇪🇺

The EU was also a go-to model for some of that cross-border & multilevel cooperation.
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"Byzantine Empire
Further information: Illyrian emperors

With the disintegration of the Roman Empire, Gothic and Hunnic tribes raided the Balkan peninsula, forcing many Illyrians to seek refuge in the highlands.
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'Legal documents reveal Scottish ministers and the Lord Advocate, the country's top law officer, said it would be inappropriate for Martin Keatings to purse the challenge because he's not an MSP.'

Sooooo much to unpack here...
First, let's appreciate the absurdity of Scotgov fighting against legal clarity on a non-Sec30 indyref.

And then the added absurdity of excusing this by pointing out the claimant isn't an MSP while none of their MSPs brought forth a constructive legal challenge.
Contrast the HR2021 campaign talk ("Independence is closer than ever!") against what is being said in a legal context ("Independence isn't imminent.").

What IS imminent, though, is the No Deal Brexit @scotgov claimed it wouldn't allow Scotland to be 'dragged out of' the EU by.
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THREAD: Restless and Thankful - my @BBCScotlandNews feature about #Scotland's infamous road through 'a mountain in torment'
The A83 runs for almost 100 miles from Loch Lomond to Campbeltown, at the foot of the Kintyre peninsula. But there is one section, near the Rest and Be Thankful, which has become infamous for landslips, closures and long diversions.
James MacDonald and his family watched in terror as 30,000 tonnes of rock and mud churned its way down the side of the mountain towards them.
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New Paper: 1st dinosaur from #IsleofEigg! We describe a limb bone, & attribute it to a Middle #Jurassic stegosaur! Thread👇 [1/7] #StEiggosaurus #Fossils #Scotland #dinosaurs #FossilFriday
I discovered the bone on @NatGeo funded #fieldwork in 2017. #IsleofEigg is known for #Jurassic marine reptiles & fish #fossils (found by Hugh Miller & others). It was collected by a team frm @GeosciencesEd & Staffin Dinosaur Museum. #StEiggosaurus [2/7]
The bone was badly eroded, but @MrIchthyosaurus carefully prepared it for the team to study. We combined our expertise in #Mesozoic reptile #anatomy and bone microstructure (#histology), to narrow down the identification. #StEiggosaurus #fossils [3/7]
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THREAD: We are beginning a #factchecking audit of websites that claim to offer info and advice on #homeed in Scotland. There are only two sites we would recommend that are accurate and up to date: our own (of course!) & @HomeEdScotland
We've contacted @scotgov's repeatedly to correct errors/update #homeed content but no response. They can't even get terminology right & link to inactive/discredited orgs We expect better of govt sites than to mislead the public 👎
@HomeEdScotland has published a critique of the page here in the first of what will probably be an extended series 'Factchecking official #homeed sites'…
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THREAD: My thoughts on the announcement this afternoon by the Deputy First Minister @JohnSwinney on the 2020 SQA exam results. #SQAResults

This is a very welcome decision which will ensure young people in #Scotland who have worked so hard in incredibly difficult circumstances do not lose out based on factors outwith their control, and we should all congratulate them on the grades they have achieved. 2/10
These achievements now provide an opportunity for us to accept even more Scottish-domiciled students to the University of Glasgow @UofGlasgow – particularly those who may come from #WideningParticipation backgrounds @UofGWP – with an increase in places funded by the @scotgov 3/10
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1. St Walthen (Waltheof) was second son of Simon, Earl of Huntingdon, and Maud, daughter to Judith, niece of William the Conqueror. The consideration of the snares of the world led him to his religious profession
#StWalthen #UK Image
2. among the regular canons of St Austin, St Oswald’s monastery at Nostel, near Pontefract in Yorkshire. Here he lived concealed from the world, in the company of his crucified Jesus.

After some time he was promoted to the holy order of priesthood. Walthen then took the habit
3. at Wardon, a Cistercian convent in Bedfordshire.
Four years after his profession Walthen was chosenAbbot of Melross, a great monastery in the marches of Scotland, on the river Tweed.

In a famine which happened in 1154, he and his monks contented themselves with half their
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'You’ve Been Trumped Too'

The Documentary That Trump ‘Doesn’t Want You To See’ To Be Released Worldwide

#Trump* Has Tried To Block The Film From Being Seen For The Past Four Years…
"A damning documentary about Donald #Trump* that the US president “doesn’t want you to see” is getting released worldwide."

"Having been held back by legal threats from the #TrumpOrganisation for the past four years, 'You’ve Been Trumped Too' has been picked up for release...
... and will arrive less than three months before the #2020Election. The documentary explores the “deeply troubling” confrontation between #Trump* and 96-year-old Scottish widow #MollyForbes half a decade after it’s discovered that the president’s workers shut off...
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Scout, our expert archaeologist, investigates the well of the Principia at Bar Hill #Roman fort on the Antonine Wall ( @AntonineWall), #Scotland. Bar Hill was built c142AD & from this 43 foot deep well many items have been recovered, including shoes from men, women & children.
Bar Hill is near #Cumbernauld in #Scotland and is one of several forts along the Antonine Wall. Built in c142AD this clip shows the Principia and well, from where many objects were recovered, including shoes, coins and pieces of altars.
Now in the Hunterian Museum Collection this 2nd century #Roman gravestone, originally from Bar Hill Fort, is for Salamanes, who died aged 15. It was dedicated for him by his father - the name of the boy suggests he may have travelled to #Scotland from the Middle East.
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📺CCC Co-Director @McEwen_Nicola started this week @Radix_UK discussion "Re-imagining the United Kingdom" asking what is next for the United Kingdom…
📚 @MaryCMurphy for @HansardSociety discussing Ireland's new parliament, the response to #COVID19 and the impact of implementing a socially-distanced parliament…
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1/2 #NRSStats show as of 28 June a total of 4,155 deaths have been registered in #Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
2/3 #NRSStats today show 35 COVID-19 related deaths in week 26, a decrease of 14 from the previous week and the ninth consecutive weekly reduction.
3/3 #NRSStats show that for the first time since the pandemic started, the total number of deaths registered in week 26 was lower than the average number of deaths from all causes over the last five years.
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A short thread about resisting the #kleptofascist takeover, with an added last-ditch family appeal. 😐✊🌹🇪🇺 #resist #StopFascism #RuleOfLaw
When the execrable Cummings/Johnson regime launched its attack on Parliament back in August, I was horrified: this was in fact a coup against democracy. Like thousands of others, I hit the streets to protest. 😖✊🌹🇪🇺 #StopTheCoup #resist #JohnsonMustGo #RuleOfLaw
As a historian with Asperger’s & misophonia, the idea of giant crowds is truly horrifying to me, and I’d much rather be quietly writing books in the countryside… 😐✊🌹🇪🇺🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #autism #Aspergers #AutismStrong #resist
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Knifeman 'stabs three victims dead in Glasgow hotel before being shot by armed police'

After multiple stabbings incident, the police is evacuating people through a stair, near the main entrance of ParkInn hotel, 151 W George street, #Glasgow Scotland

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BREAKING - Multiple people stabbed in Glasgow. At least 3 dead; suspect down.

UPDATE - The incident seemed to happen in the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, which is, according to reports, currently being used to house asylum seekers - @Faytuks
UPDATE - Not 3 fatalities as earlier reported, but one man shot dead by police after stabbing in #Glasgow hotel in #Scotland. Six people injured including a police officer who is said to be "critical but stable."
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Establishment Psychopathy: a selection of evidence setting out some of the ways in which colonial violence & structural racism continue to privilege our “ruling class”... [thread of threads] 🧐✊🌹🇪🇺 #ColonialViolence #BritishEmpire #ReparationsNow #BlackLivesMatter Image
The magnificent #BlackLivesMatter protests are proof of structural racism around the world... This thread ⬇️ shows how the UK Establishment still benefits from slave money, and why it will ALWAYS resist a proper discussion of #history. 😖✊🌹🇪🇺 #Colston #Slavery #RhodesMustFall
Colonial wrongdoing was often rewarded with wealth and a peerage… Our ludicrous system means that this chap #Trenchard ⬇️ gets to make our laws in part because his grandfather liked to burn villages in #Nigeria. 😧✊🌹🇪🇺🇳🇬 #SystemChange #ToriesOut #COVID19
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The Drunkard of Europe

IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE. I know for a fact it was the worst day in at least two people’s lives. In the early hours of the morning the phone rang. On the other end of the phone my friend was speaking to me in a stranger’s voice
. Her husband was beside himself with shock and grief, and she was calmly explaining to me what had happened. I say ‘calmly,’ but this wasn’t calm. It was emotionless, a sort of thousand-yard stare of a voice, producing something that sounded for all the world like the person
I knew while she was somewhere else. This voice was absent, it was hollow, and this voice woke me up. Their beautiful baby daughter had died in her sleep.An hour later I was standing by this little angel’s cot, receiving her into my arms from her mother.
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DAY 2 of the #InDivEU Mid-Term Conference is about to get underway! Today we have 2 panels:

1⃣ Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration
2⃣ External #Differentiation

As yesterday, we'll be keeping you updated by live-tweeting all our expert contributions from Team #InDivEU💪
The Chair of our first panel, Wojciech Gagatek from @UniWarszawski, has just opened up proceedings 💪

Ioannis Vergioglou from @ETH_en is taking us through the methodology and framework of the first paper of the day: "Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration on EU Institutional Trust"

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With #coronavirus infection rates falling in #Scotland, is it possible that new cases could be imported from parts of England where the virus is still more of a problem? I took a gander at @transcotland data for @BBCScotlandNews to find out... Image
In recent days a Times story stated 1000s of vehicles were crossing the English border into Scotland from an area with a rising coronavirus infection rate.

And just last week the Scottish Gov't warned about a rise in traffic despite lockdown restrictions still being in place.
Are these claims true, and should we be worried?
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