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The clergy have decided to meddle in temporal matters today, specifically the #InternalMarketBill with some Good Friday Agreement grifting thrown in for good measure.

Unfortunately for them the bill in questions doesn’t support such claims.


The specific bit of the GFA they claim is under threat by the #InternalMarketBill is s 6(2) committing the government to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into #NorthernIreland law which was subsequently done via the Human Rights Act 1998


The portion of the #InternalMarketBill they appear to be referring to is Clause 47 that clarifies regulations set under Clauses 44 & 45 that pertain mainly to goods movements & state aid.


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1️⃣ Members of an #Irish group arrested on terrorist charges after seeking arms from #Hezbollah met with officials at #Iran’s Dublin Embassy.
Former members of the Provisional #IRA reactivated Hezbollah contacts to obtain finance and weapons for the New IRA (#NIRA).
2️⃣ The #Irish terrorists have been seeking advanced bomb-making technology developed in #Iran and #Lebanon that would allow them to penetrate police armoured vehicles in Northern #Ireland, intelligence sources said.
3️⃣ Nine members of the #NIRA, including two women, were arrested last moth after a long-running undercover operation run by #MI5, the #British security service.
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Yesterday we released a NEW report #WhatWouldNoDealMean.

And, you've guessed it, this report is the subject of today's #ThursdayThread. 🧵…
.@BorisJohnson has said that no deal with the EU would be a “good outcome” for the UK.

This report highlights what it would mean in terms of trade, fisheries, connectivity, the impact on citizens, Northern Ireland, economics, security, foreign policy, politics and more.
On #trade, the two sides would revert to #WTO rules.

We’re talking tariffs, customs checks, and regulatory checks. In other words, increased hassle, increased time and increased costs for businesses trading with the EU.

@CSBarnard24 explains.
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Just when you though life could get no better, YET ANOTHER @UKandEU No Deal report comes out and proves you wrong. You can find it here (THREAD) 1/19…
Strap in. There’s a lot to say. And I’ve learnt about gifs 2/19
This report was truly a team effort – and it was quite a team! I have to thank @CSBarnard24, @dgbailey, @ProfTimBale, @matt_bevington, @MeredithCrowle1, @drsarah_hall, @hayward_katy, @MartinHeneghan, Carmen Hubbard, @james_lisak, @HusseinHKassim, @McEwen_Nicola… 3/19
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#UnitedKingdom #NorthernIreland #Coronavirus

Due to the increasing number of corona infections, stronger measures will apply again in Northern Ireland from Tuesday evening. With a few exceptions, members of different households are no longer allowed to meet inside,
as the government said. A maximum of six people from two households will still be allowed to meet outdoors. There have been nearly 400 new cases in Northern Ireland in the past 48 hours alone. But the number of cases is rising rapidly across Great Britain:
In the past few days, 3,500 to 4,000 new cases have been added almost every day, and the number of infections roughly doubled within seven days. If the virus continues to spread unhindered at the same pace, the UK could count nearly 50,000 cases a day in mid-October,
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This is such bad faith: EU was, rightly concerned that Brexit would create a border between EU country Ireland & non-EU country N.Ireland.
To ‘avoid’ this problem EU ‘and’ UK agreed N Ireland would follow EU customs & some product rules- so no checks on the ‘Island of Ireland’
The idea that UK can now just pick and chose when it respects the Protocol on Ireland (hello? Our friend Ireland? This isn’t just about UK v EU) and Northern Ireland is deeply shameful and -because let’s not forget why we signed it- dangerous for peace in our already fragile UK
Only the #NorthernIreland Assembly can choose - every 4 years - whether to continue with the system agreed to protect the #GoodFridayAgreement : if I were Northern Irish I’d be furious that @BorisJohnson is now trying to take that power for Westminster.
MPs, please vote No.
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Hello! It’s Thursday. Which means it’s time for another #ThursdayThread

Any guesses what it’s about this week?

That’s right, the #InternalMarketBill

If you found it all a bit confusing, you’re in the right place – here’s everything you need in one thread
Want to know what the #InternalMarketBill means for #NorthernIreland?

Our senior fellow @hayward_katy explains in a 2-min video…
For those who prefer things in writing, @hayward_katy also wrote a short piece for @BelTel…
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Forgetting for a moment that the EU itself is a serial breaker of international law (see the recent German Constitutional Court decision) & the fact we haven’t actually seen what the #InternalMarketBill says there are plenty of justifications in the WA /1
Firstly there’s Article 184 of the WA that commits the UK & the EU to negotiate in “good faith” on the future relationship. /2

Over the past year the EU has done anything but negotiate in good faith.

They’ve held things up.

Refused to discuss areas of that could be agreed quickly until they got their way in other areas.

And claim they had a right to an office in #Belfast /3…
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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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It's #Thursdaythread time! ⏰

Today we released a NEW report by @drsarah_hall, @DrScottJames, Lucia Quaglia, @MartinHeneghan, @jillongovt. Image
The #UK is predominately a #services economy, contributing 81% to the economy in 2019 & around 30m jobs.

Internationally, services are a UK success story they account for a higher proportion of our total exports than in countries like the #US & #Germany. Image
#London accounts for 42% of the UK’s service exports & the South East is the next largest contributor (17%)

The remaining 41% is divided between the other 10 #UK regions. In #NorthernIreland, #services account for 22% of its exports, with sales focused in #GB & #Ireland. Image
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THREAD: #PoliceViolence in response to #GeorgeFloydprotest reminds me of use-of-force probs during the Northern Ireland Troubles, where indiscriminate use of “non-lethal” wpns like baton rounds fueled violence. I wrote on this a while back. 1/…
Baton rounds originated in the British Empire; wooden rounds were prepared for use in Hong Kong in the 1960s. With the #NorthernIreland Troubles, officials looked for a “non-lethal” weapon with more deterrent effect (i.e. more dangerous) than tear gas. 2/
But they thought wooden rounds were too dangerous for use against fellow white people, so they developed rubber rounds designed for “precision” use against riot leaders/instigators. Problem was, rubber billets weren’t accurate enough for this. 3/
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10th April 2020 - as it was 22 years ago, today is also Good Friday.

To mark this significant day for #NorthernIreland, we will be sharing some reflections here on the @BelfastAgmt over the course of the afternoon, looking across literature, media coverage and other material
First up is the GFA itself. With some senior UK politicians admitting that they have not read it, this is perhaps a good point to start from!…
For anyone looking for something to procrastinate / to pass time with, this 42 minute BBC report from 1998 is an interesting watch
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We can no longer stand by while women in #NorthernIreland are forced to travel to England for abortion care during #covidー19, despite the fact abortion is now legal in NI.

That's why today we have launched a telemedical service to send NI women abortion pills by post. #NowForNI
We will run the service in collaboration with healthcare professionals in #NorthernIreland, for women up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Anyone in NI who needs our service can call 0300 500 8086 to arrange a teleconsultation with a doctor in Northern Ireland. #Pillsbypost #NowforNI
Abortion is now legal in Northern Ireland on request up to 12 weeks, but politicians have delayed commissioning services. We cannot stand by while the govt's NI Office gives reckless advice that women should travel to England for help despite #covidー19. #NowForNI
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Looking for something to read over the weekend?


@uoessps @WalesGovernance @UKandEU @SCER_eu @UniSiegen @UCC Image
'Wales, post-Brexit'

As the Welsh Government faces a dilemma over Brexit @DanielWinc @Jaclarner look back at the historical context to make sense of the #Welsh #Brexit position - blog for @UKandEU…
'Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities'

CCC Director Michael Keating discusses requirements for small states to thrive, arguing that small states do equally or better than larger states - comment for @SCER_eu…
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Re-watching some shows while #socialdistancing for #MarchBreak? We're chatting this week about some of our favourites that have great #geology or interesting stories behind their #filminglocations.
#nspoli #cbpoli #NovaScotia #CapeBreton #COVIDCanada #covid19 #COVID19NS ImageImageImageImage
#GameofThrones used #Iceland's #Thingvellir Park as the #BloodyGate. Its landscape is caused by the Eurasian and #NorthAmerican tectonic plates meeting there and pulling apart at a rate of 2 cms per year. This made a rift valley: low land between 2 separating continents.
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#MagheramorneQuarry, #NorthernIreland, is the set for #CastleBlack and #TheWall in #GameofThrones. The quarry wall is used as a backdrop and effects make it look huge.
The site's limestone was used to make cement. #NS has a limestone quarry and cement plant in Brookfield.
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Yesterday we published our latest report BREXIT AND THE UNION @UKandEU

What challenges does leaving the European Union pose for the Unions of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? 👇 Image
#NorthernIreland #Brexit is challenging the 3 strands of the Belfast Agreement and tensions can be seen in internal relations, as well as relationships with the South and with the UK. Constitutional change in now part of the broader Irish political narrative @MaryCMurphy
#Wales is easily forgotten in UK territorial politics. Welsh Government has always pledged strong support for the UK Union while favouring further devolution. #GE19 made parties assess their approach to #Brexit and reconsider their constitutional stance. @Jaclarner @DanielWinc
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THIS WEEK AT CCC 🔽 our Fellows have been exploring the implications #GeneralElection2019 may have for the constitution. Image
The election has seen a fundamental transformation of #NorthernIreland political landscape @jevershed01 assesses what has changed and how this is likely to impact on the constitutional future of #UK… Image
.@MalcH provided a rundown of #GE19 results in #Scotland asking is this the new norm?… Image
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CCC coverage of #GeneralElection2019

Throughout the campaign, our Fellows have been analysing the territorial issues and constitutional impact of #GE19 Image
"it is far from certain what impact this would have on the Brexit process, given its wider volatility and unpredictability." @jevershed01 discusses #GE19 in #NorthernIreland & the impactvgreater representation of pro-Remain is likely to have… Image
General elections in #Scotland have always had a distinctive flavour, but the dynamics in #GE19 feel very different. @McEwen_Nicola on #GE19 campaign north of the border.… Image
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#Lincolnshire based Phoenix Professional Development has released 2020 #virtualjobsfair dates, these are Wednesday’s 2pm - 4pm, here on @Twitter:

#Yorkshire and #Humber: 8th Jan & 8th July

#NorthEast: 22nd Jan & 22nd July

#Scotland: 5th Feb & 5th Aug

#NorthWest: 19th Feb & 19th Aug

#Ireland: 4th Mar & 2nd Sept

#NorthernIreland: 18th Mar & 16th Sept

#WestMidlands: 1st Apr & 30th Sept

#Wales: 15th Apr & 14th Oct

#SouthWest: 29th Apr & 28th Oct

#SouthEast: 13th May & 11th Nov

#London: 27th May & 25th Nov

#EastofEngland: 10th June & 9th Dec

#EastMidlands: 24th June & 16th Dec
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Throughout #GeneralElection2019 we will analyse where the parties stand on constitutional issues. Following the launch #LabourManifesto @UKLabour @Coree_Brown looks at their commitments ⬇…
@UKLabour #manifesto sets out their social and economic programmes and their plan for #Brexit. However, engagement with the broader #constitutional questions facing the #UK are minimal.
#Constitutional issues are detailed at the back. Abolish the @UKHouseofLords replace it with a Senate, and hold a #constitutional convention to address some of the thorny issues, all of which have been included in previous manifestos.
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As #GeneralElection2019 campaign continues, our Fellows and Associated Fellows continue to provide analysis on proceedings ⬇…
@jevershed01 provides analysis on #GeneralElection19 in #NorthernIreland where political pacts are forming that could see the political landscape change dramatically.… Image
@McEwen_Nicola @UKandEU discusses the different dynamics in #Scotland #GeneralElection2019 as #independence is the defining issue and @theSNP remain the dominant force.… Image
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The 1st countries to ban Islam: See how d world is acting fast on d threat posed by Islam & its barbaric Sharia Law!
#Japan has always refused Muslims to live permanently in their country & they can't own any real estate or business & have banned any worship of Islam.👇 1
#Cuba rejects plans for 1st mosque! The #AfricanNationofAngolo & several other nations hv officially banned Islam! A record no: of Muslims
deported from Norway as a way of fighting crime. Since these Muslim criminals hv bn deported, crime has dropped by a staggering 72%. 👇2
In #Germany alone, in d last yr there were 81 violent attacks targeting mosques! #Austrian police
arrested 13 men targeting suspected jihad recruiters! A #Chinese court sends 22 muslim
Imams to jail for 16 to 20 yrs for spreading Islamic hatred & hv executed 18 Jihadis 👇3.
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#GameofThrones won 12 #Emmys last night. This thread has a couple of our favourite #GoT posts!

#nspoli #NovaScotia #NS #geology #minerals #mining #Emmys2019 #EmmyAwards #EmmyAwards2019 Image
#MagheramorneQuarry, #NorthernIreland, is the set for #CastleBlack and #TheWall in #GameofThrones The #quarry wall is used as a backdrop and effects make it look huge.
The site's limestone was used to make cement. #NS has a limestone quarry and cement plant in Brookfield.
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#GameofThrones calls it dragonglass but it's really obsidian. It often forms when lava instantly cools from coming into contact with water. It's been used for thousands of years in jewelry, weapons and tools. It's still used in knives because it's much sharper than steel.
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(1) I wonder if American audiences fully grasp the enormity of what #BorisJohnson has done by asking the Queen to suspend #Parliament. This is way more extreme than if #Trump asked #MitchMcConnell to delay the Senate session to avoid an unpopular vote.…
(2) To put this #ConstitutionalCrisis in perspective, you have to remember that the #UK's parliamentary supremacy vests far more power in their legislature than we've ever given to ours. Under the American system, the Constitution is supreme. Under the UK system, Parliament is.
(3) Things have gotten trickier in recent years as #Parliament delegated some power to other institutions: regional assemblies in #Scotland and #NorthernIreland, a Supreme Court (Lords use to be the highest court), and made other structural changes. see:…
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