In Northern Ireland, Theresa May's Brexit leaps to identity attachments

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The border between the two Irishmen in Newry, Northern Ireland, on November 15th.
The border between the two Irishmen in Newry, Northern Ireland, on November 15th. PETER MORISSON / AP

At first glance, nothing is farther from the Parliament of Westminster and its stormy Brexit debate than the Enniskillen cattle market. On the ground strewn with sawdust of a tiny arena, the calves are paraded while a crier announces, in a deafening sound system, a continuous stream of auctions thrown by the dark gestures of the hand, by the hundred breeders piled on the steps. Not a woman and a few young people. The smell is not exactly that of a social night.

Twice a week, the small agricultural town lost in the south-west of Northern Ireland, not far from the border with the Republic, comes alive and lives to the rhythm of the witness of the head of the knights and its auctions. While in London, parliamentarians have entered a guerrilla war against Theresa May's government, nothing is upsetting the immutable transaction process in the heart of the county capital of Fermanagh.

It is sufficient, however, to sit by chance in the dining room adjacent to the auction hall to see how the Prime Minister's Brexit agreement with Brussels is conducting conversations and dividing Northern Ireland. The walls of pale yellow blocks are animated by rural scenes, the breakfast is frugal and the atmosphere friendly.

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" I am pleased to have voted for Brexit because I am tired of being held back by quotas and other Brussels rules that prevent us from trading with the United States or New Zealand, says George Elliott, a 64-year-old breeder. They are for the freedom of the market and world trade, this is what makes the most money. " The affable man with the gray mustache has no hard words against the agreement of Theresa May with the European Union (EU), that the deputies of Westminster threaten to retaliate in a long-awaited vote on Tuesday. December 11th. " The EU will be able to impose everything we want without being able to say anything " electrocuted there.

As for the possible return of a border between the two Irish, it would not worry: the customs duties applied to the meat produced in the Republic of Ireland (member of the EU) would favor its production, sold for the first time time. essential in Britain. Without European subsidies, "Farms like mine would no longer exist " yet he recognizes this average farmer, a hundred cattle, who had to exercise parallel professions as a teacher and a policeman to get by.

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