Opinion: Brexit could turn to 'bromance' if British voters get a second chance
I have just three skinny hopes that Brexit won't have a big and bad impact on the economy of Ireland.
In politics, there's this thing where, when something unsavoury is in the offing, the worst-case scenario is mooted first. A period of horse-trading follows. By the time the threatened event actually comes to pass, there will have been some row-back.
So this is my first hope - that news is rarely as bad as the first time you hear it.
My second hope is that those who are actually doing the negotiations on our behalf have a better handle on the situation than many of those I have heard talking about it.
What I know about economics could be written in large font on a betting slip but here's something I can't figure.
The big thing from Ireland's point of view seems to be the border with Northern Ireland. The perceived wisdom on this front is that we would be better off with a soft, rather than hard, border. But would we?
This boundary will be the only land border between Britain and the EU and, if this were "soft", surely there is a danger that it would become a floodgate for smuggling all kinds of everything into Europe, with the first and worst impact on our economy.
My last hope is that Britain will hold another referendum.