Britain leaving the European Union.


…or we could give up and ask to rejoin the UK now- they sure care about Irish interests as can be seen by this withdrawal process- and as can also be seen by the treatment of Scotland and NI (ignored) and the economic situation in the UK regions (the worst in Europe).


Its worth repeating that, assuming the referendum result is honoured, three options present with regard to the issue of the Irish border as follows -

  1. hard border on the island.
  2. some form of border at the Irish Sea
  3. ireland steps out of the customs union (in some form) with Britain

3 is a non runner. Numbers 1 and 2 are possibilities with 2 being the clearly preferred option from an Irish perspective. How to get to 2 should be the intent undwrpinning all Irish government policy. Currently it’s not clear that this, as opposed to promoting the interests/Defence of a clearly weakened political ideology and world view, is what currently informs the actual intent behind Irish government policy around the matter.


Never assume that option 3 is a non-runner while it remains an option it’s still in the running, that A50 bus is warming up!


One could be cynical and ask if Soros is shorting the Euro now.


I would say the Irish Government are sick of hearing these EU demise stories from British diplomats/politicians desperate to get us on board the Brexit train.

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There is more.


Ah the buck passing demonisation (and ad hominem) begins (NYT = Propaganda asset) An opinion piece constructed out of the same old tired characterisations rolled out ad nauseum at this point with no recognition of the will and consent of the people of getting down and dealing with a people lead reality. A marked difference. The British “elite” here are being scolded for letting the people loose in the matrix and given a last chance to sort this mess out.

The concluding paragraph reads:

Sinister warning.

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Beautiful non sequitur from the Indo as usual. No idea what the first part has to do with the second.
The backstop etc is to avoid a hard border
No deal - hard border. I dont mean to be blunt but is there something in this that doesnt compute. Its not rocket science, its not even difficult to understand.
The indo says its real that stark. Id say its really that bleedin obvious
Typical drivel by the legacy media


Depends on what Irelands primary intent is in all of this ie Is it to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, or is it to defend the fortunes of the EU and the political elite who run it?

Since Brexit was decided upon these two aspirational ideals have intersected somewhat thereby eliminating the need for any real decisions to be taken on the part of the Irish Givernment and Diplomatic service. What happens if it becomes apparent that these two outcomes are no longer fully compatible with one another (as is quite possible over the coming weeks) ? What then from Varadkar and co?

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A less kind view is that the DUP have nailed their colours to another sinking ship.


Play the long game. After a no-deal Brexit, yes we may have to erect a border. But the UK will still be looking to sign an FTA with the EU. What do you think our precondition would be?


Fair point…assuming our interests get an airing during any such negotiations


Well we know the German’s and Polish government would sell us out. But I was just thinking yesterday how bloody lucky we are that all that all French people are united by one thing - they hate little Englanders.


What’s the opposite of “little Englander”, “Big Europer”?


You are making an assumption that the French will put themselves out to “look after Ireland” when technically it’s far easier for them to simply draw the line along the entire English channel and make that the customs union border, it is already the Schengen border.


I think Sammy Wilson has coined the term “Devilish Euromaniac”

But in all seriousness, Little Englander has no opposite. It’s like Communist. The opposite is anyone who isn’t a communist. A good litmus test is the Empire. Little Englanders always think the Empire was a “good thing, basically”. Anything bad was just regrettable.


Communist, the opposite might be individualist.

The EU could be considered by its critics as another form of empire. Just not their empire.


Communism: a theory or system of social organization in which** all property is owned by the community** and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs.
imho, generally our current system is a bit of a mixed mode setup. Some property is community owned. Big earners pay big tax. The market decides prices and who gets what. (But not in all cases).
Since the word property comes from the Latin, privus: “one’s own, individual”, the whole communist concept of property seems to be contradictory to the original meaning for the word. (Anyway, that’s an aside, and probably best left for another thread.)


In the brave new Brexit world, Britain will throw off its shackles and retake its place among the economic and military great powers. That’s the theory. In practice, you probably shouldn’t act aggressively toward someone you’re trying to cosy up to for a sweet trade deal. Especially when they’re much bigger than you. … ip-hammond


The Brexit dream was founded on Britain having the upper hand in negotiations. None of them will just say, ‘Listen, we weren’t in as powerful position as we told you we would be, sorry’

It is the biggest crisis in confidence since the Suez. Not that I know anything about that period. I mean jmc was probably doing his national service as a platoon Leftenant with the First Gurkha Rifles at the time, so he can confirm