Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit

first_imgA Donegal businessman who owns a coach hire company on the Donegal-Derry border has urged Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar to sit down and compromise over Brexit. Reddins Coach Hire is based on the Derry-­Donegal border and its boss Don Reddin said it feels like the area is caught in an international “game of poker”.He told a national newspaper: “It’s a very unstable time.” Mr Reddin says British Prime ­Minister Boris Johnson’s outright rejection of the backstop and ­Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s refusal to consider changes to the Withdrawal Agreement creates a “mad puzzle”.And the businessman says local anxiety hasn’t been as high since the Troubles, adding: “You don’t want people’s feelings running higher than they already are.”Mr Reddin claims a way to break the stalemate and to tackle the threat of a no-deal Brexit must be for both sides to give ground.He added: “If they leave ­without a deal, where do you start with sorting that out? “I understand where Boris is trying to come from, that Theresa May looked like a weak leader.“It’s all getting hot in the Tory kitchen. By the same token, as far as the EU is ­concerned they have done their negotiation.”The coach hire chief added: “If they leave ­without a deal, how do you sort that out? Where do you start? Transport regulations, all the cross border ­trading?“I close my eyes and shake my head in disbelief that they could be jeopardising so much.”Another business on the straddles between the Donegal and Fermanagh border has called for a solution “as quickly as possible”.He added: “Both sides are saying ‘this is a red line’ but at some stage or another somebody’s going to have to talk.”The backstop, hatched between former UK PM Theresa May and chiefs in Brussels, guarantees a seamless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.It kicks in only if post-Brexit border trading and security talks fail. Advertisement But Mr Johnson says he can’t accept the UK keeping such close formal ties with the EU in any transition period after leaving at 11pm on Halloween night.The EU position, championed by Mr Varadkar, is that the backstop must be in place ahead of any deal being struck.That tense face-off means a no-deal Brexit, and the trading ­turmoil it could spark, is looking increasingly likely just 83 days from the deadline.Pub owner Pat Britton, whose bar in Pettigo village stands right on the border between counties Fermanagh and Donegal, said the issue was Britain’s to fix. Advertisement He sees no reason for UK and Irish leaders to hammer out ideas around the backstop.Mr Britton said: “It’s nothing to do with Leo Varadkar. The Tories are trying to bully the Irish Government into a position that is their fault.“It’s not our fight. It’s a fight with Europe. They voted to get out of Europe so it’s their problem.”Donegal business owner sends stark warning to leaders over no-deal Brexit was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruce Bochy follows through on commitment to shaking up Giants lineup

first_imgSAN DIEGO–Even before the Giants suffered a shutout loss on Opening Day, manager Bruce Bochy explained that he planned to mix up his lineup on the second day of the season.After watching the Giants record just five singles in a 2-0 loss to the Padres, Bochy was not about to go back on his word.The Giants do not have a plethora of experienced right-handed hitters, but every righty on the roster is starting Friday against Padres southpaw Joey Lucchesi. Switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval will begin …last_img read more

Nellie, a bridge between Warriors, Celtics dynasties, marveling at this Dubs run

first_imgThe famed Warriors coach let out a hearty laugh. Just like nearly ever Warriors fan, Don Nelson has watched his beloved team with keen interest lately. And even if he has become familiar with the Warriors’ seemingly annual tradition with competing for an NBA championship, Nelson often has to pinch himself.After all, Nelson gave an honest answer on if he ever saw this coming during his second stint coaching the Warriors (2006-2010 when he played an influential role in the Warriors selecting …last_img read more

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders, but when will he practice again? ‘Stay tuned’

first_imgNAPA — Antonio Brown made his first appearance at Raiders training camp in a week Tuesday and although his grievance with the NFL regarding his choice of helmet is over, it remains unknown when he’ll be healthy enough to practice again after he suffered frostbite in his foot last month.“You guys are going to have to stay tuned for that,” Brown said.At approximately 11:05 a.m., Brown, with cameras from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in tow, walked onto the far side of the practice field and in the …last_img read more

Five SIMI men sent behind bars for life

first_imgFive activists of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigation Agency court here on Thursday for possession of explosives.Special judge Girish Dixit acquitted five others. Of the 12 accused in the case, Khalid Ahmed and Abdul Mazid were killed in a police encounter in October 2016, prosecutor Yogesh Tiwari said. The special court awarded life imprisonment to Abdul Aziz, Javed, Abdul Wahid, Jubar and Mohammad Adil. The court also imposed a fine of ₹8,000 on each of them.ATS raidMadhya Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorism Squad had arrested three SIMI activists with a cache of explosives during a raid in Mahidpur area in Ujjain district on January 1, 2013. Nine others were arrested subsequently. Eight hundred gelatin sticks, 540 detonators, a ‘gelatin bomb’, a pipe bomb and 11 other types of bombs were recovered from the accused.last_img read more

British Open: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri memorable debut

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri enjoyed a memorable debut at The Open Championship with a bogey-free 68 to lie four shots behind leader Adam Scott of Australia after the first round.The 25-year-old credited a hot putter for his superb start at Royal Lytham and St Annes on Thursday, holing several long efforts to keep the bogeys off his card in the year’s third Major. Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner, got off to a flying start with a five-foot birdie and then rattled in a 25-footer on the 13th hole.”It’s a dream start for a first Open. Bogey free round with a 68, I’ll take that any day. I was really nervous out there on the first tee. But I hit probably the best shot of the day to five feet and made the putt,” said Lahiri, who ended the day in tied 14th place.”Every time I hit it into a bad position, my putter helped me out. It saved me a lot of shots as I holed at least three or four shots outside of 20 feet. That’s what you need on a course like this to keep your round together. It’s not easy to make a whole bunch of birdies. On the back nine, I hit it good. I could have made one or two more but I’ll take it.”With a late tee time, Lahiri spent his morning watching the early action and learned a few tricks which he said helped him put together a solid start.”My caddie told me to watch some of the Open and get a feel of how things are reacting. It can help you save some shots if you find some players repeating a pattern on a certain hole. It helped me out today,” said Lahiri, who won the SAIL-SBI Open earlier this year.”I saw Tiger hit some inspiring chips. He hit a great chip on the fifth hole and I had a similar shot on the third and I imagined it and hit a great chip as well.”With his father in the small gallery following his group, Lahiri struggled off the tee on the front nine and hit only one fairway. He scrambled superbly but knows he must be sharper off the tee in the second round to keep his magical run going.advertisementlast_img read more