However to paraphrase a 21st century Irish collossus, “we are where we are”.
There may come a time for playing hardball but up until that point, being needlessly antagonistic (as per some suggestions) is not in our best interest. For what its worth, the current approach appears to have worked pretty well thus far. My point is simply that there may come a time when a change of tack is required…again in our common interest, and that that same interest may not automatically align with that of Brussels.
Now you’re approaching the central, defining (and thus far unarticulated) question that is lurking in the background of this entire debate.
In other words, in today’s world what exactly is the point of Irish independence? In the past, it was quite clearly to give some form of expression to both cultural and religious traits that marked the majority of us different from our neighbouring island since around the time of the Protestant reformation. In a post-Gaelic, post-Catholic Ireland, those differences no longer appear to exist and (presumably), economics becomes the sole driving force behind any argument for or against all future political (and even social) endeavour. Therefore, if as you suggest, it will become costly to be European at some point in the near future, what exists to stop the emergence of a new strain of southern Unionism for example, especially if post-Brexit UK is not the calamity that has been predicted? I would seriously doubt that Una Mullally’s vision of a new Irish national identity loosely anchored around the type of progressive principles that are in retreat practically everywhere else (including the western European mainland) is viable in any real sense.
Yes we are entitled to apply for Consular assistance from any EU Embassy. However, given the fact that very few Irish people speak French or Spanish, not to mention Lithuanian or Hungarian, they generally head straight for the Brits. Thats just how it is.
Id say most of it yes. Which is to be expected surely?