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Arguments that the Belfast Agreement is incompatible with the Northern Ireland protocol are “disingenuous and dangerous”, Simon Coveney has said.

In an article in today’s Sunday Telegraph, the Minister for Foreign Affairs writes that taken together, the two agreements “are a powerful expression of what negotiation and partnership can achieve”.

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The Northern Ireland protocol, contained within the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, allows the North to stay within the EU single market but imposes checks on good coming in from Britain.

British media has reported that the country’s attorney general had approved plans to introduce domestic legislation overriding the protocol on the basis that it threatened the Belfast Agreement, which it held to be a “higher-priority” international agreement.

Mr Coveney wrote that “as [a] friend and neighbour, I am deeply concerned for the wellbeing of the partnership between our countries”.

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In comments he later echoed during an interview on Sky News on Sunday, Mr Coveney said that the protocol did not weaken the constitutional position of Northern Ireland in the UK, and that it had three times been granted democratic legitimacy: in the 2019 UK general election, the ratification of the protocol in parliament, and in this month’s Stormont elections.

“That is not to say that the protocol is working as smoothie or as easily as it could do,” he wrote, but said that he is “absolutely convinced” that there is a “landing zone for pragmatic and workable approaches” to concerns raised about its operations.

He said Brussels had proposed measures to reduce checks on goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland, but that “disappointingly the full potential of these proposals has never been explored by the UK”.

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Government figures in Dublin gave a guarded welcome to reports in the UK press overnight that prime minister Boris Johnson would vow not to scrap the Brexit deal governing Northern Ireland, believing it showed the Irish stance on the issue was justified.

The Guardian reported on Saturday evening that Mr Johnson would signal a “shift in tone” before talks he will attend in Belfast on Monday, making clear he has no intention of scrapping the protocol.

Quoting officials, the newspaper reported that the prime minister will instead deliver a “tough message” to the leaders of Northern Ireland’s parties, telling them to “get back to work” after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) blocked the election of a speaker at the Stormont Assembly on Friday.

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The paper reported that London expects significant changes to how the protocol operates arising from negotiations with Brussels, but that legislation on the protocol issue is some way off.

‘Briefing against EU’

Mr Coveney told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News that unilateral action could undermine the peace process in Northern Ireland, but that there was a need to address unionist concerns about the arrangements underpinning trade.

“What I see at the moment is a British government making statements and briefing against the EU, and creating a lot of tension in my country, your closest neighbour, and also potentially being on the verge of making a decision that could fundamentally undermine the functioning of the institutions of the peace process in Northern Ireland,” he said.

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“Let’s not forget, this is not only about unionism, of course it needs to be partly about unionism, but a majority of people in Northern Ireland voted against Brexit and would vote against Brexit again in the morning it was put to them.”

He added: “What’s happening at the moment has forced Ireland into taking a much more strident position and responding honestly to the unhelpful briefings that we’re getting from very, very senior levels within the British government this week, which seems to be laying the groundwork for a decision which, I believe, could be deeply harmful for the relationship between Britain and Ireland, if we don’t see sense in the next few days.”

Mr Coveney said the conflict in Ukraine made it more important for the EU and UK to work together.

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“We have huge challenges to overcome together,” he said. “The idea that we would ratchet up the tension on something else… is deeply unhelpful.”

Stumbling block

Mr Coveney was speaking after Taoiseach Micheál Martin described the British government of being the main stumbling block to resolving the Northern Ireland protocol issue because, unlike the Democratic Unionist Party, it had failed to set out a possible solution.

Speaking in Cork on Saturday, Mr Martin said it appeared to him the EU no longer trusted Boris Johnson’s government to resolve difficulties over the protocol.

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“It’s very unclear what will suffice for the British government. We have some sense of what would work with unionism, but we don’t have that sense with the British government,” the Taoiseach said.

He cited the role of the UK’s former chief Brexit negotiator David Frost played in trying “to torpedo” a proposed resolution last year.

Replying in a Twitter post on Saturday, Mr Frost rejected Mr Martin’s criticism and said the British government’s stance was being “ignored or misrepresented”.

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Use internet marketing to develop an online presence for your business. To create your online marketing scheme, read this article and use the advice that is given to you.

Normally, the most used links are at the top or bottom of all websites. These are called site-wide links. They can be quite helpful in guiding visitors to a particular page on your site. This can be the page on which you advertise your product or the page on which the customer can make a purchase. Site-wide links essentially need to be organized. You want your site to look professional, and to do this, visitors to your page should be able to find what they are looking for in the least amount of time possible. The menu should list your pages in an organized manner and include a concise, but accurate description of each page.

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When optimizing your site for search engines, it’s important to remember the HTML code that isn’t shown to humans viewing your site. One key example of this is the meta tag. Search engines use these tags to determine the nature of your site. You should add alternative tags that will get traffic to your site, but you should focus mainly on the meta tags that are relevant to your site. Instead of including too many meta tags, you should conduct research to determine which are most relevant to your target market.

In order to build up your website’s reputation, you can use keywords and H tags. H tags should mark important keywords that are used in titles, as well as elsewhere in your paragraphs. The text that is tagged will be emphasized in size and boldness. The use of H tags and keywords helps search engine spiders highlight your webpages for people searching online.

Do some research to find new strategies for online marketing. You need to be sure to explore the many types of techniques that have been proven successful in marketing and SEO. A buzz can be created in internet culture when a website, video or picture goes viral. The majority of ‘buzz’ does not last long, but it could end up increasing your sales if a video ends up viral. It is impossible to determine which items will go viral, so your best bet is to focus on delivering unique and entertaining content that users are more likely to share with others. Although there is a lot of luck involved in creating a viral hit, there are some common threads that seem to run through viral content.

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This article covers just a few of the many online marketing tools that are available. You can use these techniques as a starting point, and keep learning more about how you can improve.

 

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Fighting Acne? These Tips Can Help

This is for those who have lots of skin problems, including acne and blackheads. Acne can cause problems for people of any age group. There are tons of things you can do to limit your acne issues.

Every food item you eat makes a difference. Snacking on unhealthy, processed foods, such as chips or cupcakes, means it won’t be as easy for your body to fight off acne. Eating a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein and good grains gives your body all of the nutrients it needs to perform well with the added benefit of being wonderful for your skin.

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Drinking lots of fluids is essential. Although they quench your thirst, drinks that contain caffeine and sugar can backfire on you when you are trying to keep hydrated. Consequently, you must drink a great deal of water. If you get a little tired of drinking it after a while, try creating your own juice with the help of a juicer. Homemade juice is more nutritious than store-bought, so you will see more positive side effects from drinking it.

Maca, originally found in Peru, is fantastic for creating balance within your body. Always start with the minimum dosage, and follow the label’s instructions. An added advantage of Maca is that there have been no reported side effects.

Some skin cleansers rely on chemical ingredients that are harsh and harmful to your skin. Using these ingredients can cause the skin to dehydrate or become irritated, so it is best to avoid these types of cleaners where possible. Natural cleansers are more gentle on your skin. An example of a non-irritating treatment is tea tree oil, a natural antibiotic.

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A proven and very good home remedy for acne is garlic. Take a couple of garlic cloves, crush them and apply gently to the affected areas. This can cause your open sores to sting. However, the garlic immediately starts to fight the infection that caused your breakout. After a few moments, rinse your skin and gently pat it dry.

A clay mask is a good way to fix pores. These types of clay will absorb a lot of the oil from your skin. You should always make sure that there is no remaining residue when you wash off a facial mask.

Don’t underestimate how stress can and will affect your skin. Stress inhibits the skin from effectively fighting infection and interferes with the normal body functions. By taking steps to reduce your stress, you can improve your skin’s appearance and attain a clearer complexion.

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Incorporating these tips into your skin-care regimen should help clear your skin. Come up with a schedule of daily activities focused on keeping your skin fresh and clean to get the most out of this. A weekly garlic treatment and clay mask can, when combined with twice-daily washing, make your complexion bright and clear.

 

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Viral Video: Filmy Bride Sits Atop Moving Car, Proposes to Groom in Shah Rukh Khan Style

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Viral Video: It’s the wedding season in India and couples across the country are leaving no stoned unturned to make their weddings special and memorable. Thankfully, Indian brides are no longer sporting the shy look and seen having fun at their weddings. One such bride has forever raised the bar for romance and wedding proposals as she arrived sitting on top of a moving car and proposed to her groom in typical Shah Rukh Khan style.Also Read – Viral Video: Bridesmaids Dance to ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’ at Sangeet Function, Internet Loves It | Watch

The video shows the bride in a beautiful wedding lehenga as she arrives atop the bonnet of a white SUV. She then recreates a scene from a Bollywood movie called Jalebi and cutely lip-syncs to actress Rhea Chakrobarty’s dialogue that says, “Mujhe shaadi karni thi tumse.” She even extends her arms just like SRK’s signature pose. To this the guy says, “haan”. She then asks, ”Haan waala haan hai ya sawaal waala haan?”

The video was shared by an Instagram page called Witty Wedding 2 days back and has garnered more than 14,000 likes. ”Bossbride proposing her to be husband in full on #ddlj style that to on their #dday,” the video is captioned. The text on the video reads, “Excitement of getting married with your (emoji heart)”.

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The video has gone viral and received mixed reactions. While some loved this adorable proposal, some asked whether it was even legal to sit atop a moving vehicle. One user jokingly wrote, ”Nice stunt sitting on a bonnet of a moving car, suhagraat will be spent in jail…” Another joke about the heat wave and commented, ”eemar ho jaogi itni dhoop me fir Sadi kanse krogi, car ke andar nhi baitha ja raha tum bahar baithi ho.”

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