Cracking a solo.
Blockade is of course deliberately inflammatory language, isn't blockading another nation an act of war?This is the only thing I can find that is similar to the point claimed in the FT
It would appear that a lethargy to supply documentation is behind the spin.
Personally, I can't believe the EU would blockade food to Northern Ireland; It's just not the way they operate, they'd be hurting their own citizens and providing one hell of a PR victory to Brexiteers.
And oh, a food blockade on Northern Ireland would not go down well on the whole island of Ireland.
However, I can see them protecting the integrity of their market. I can't help but feel that an attempt is being made to back them into a corner.
I just wish they would clearly deny the "blockade" situation and explain the (apparently simple) reality.
I'd imagine that anyone remotely familiar with the history, politics and use of language in Northern Ireland is beyond appalled at this latest play.
From my vantage point far, far away, I detect a significant shock in Ireland not so much at what is happening, moreso in the way it is happening. It has been mentioned several times that for previous "shocks" back channels had been used to inform in advance. Not this time.
It's not just the rules of the game that are up in the air, it's the very way of playing the game.