Bruce Arnold: We need to strengthen UK ties before EU strangles us
Published 12/12/2011 | 05:00
IRELAND has closer connections with Britain than with any other European country. We do more trade with Britain. We speak the same language. We have, or had, the same democratic standards, our own emerging, with independence, from the British model. The same applies to our laws and a good deal of our legislation.
There are few men and women of even moderate means who do not rely on the British financial markets and hold investments. These are quoted on the London Stock Exchange, the affairs of which are closely followed. Share prices, comment on the market and practical advice are all part of the reporting in the main Irish daily and Sunday newspapers.
Investment, and other involvements, by no means end there. Despite the growth in second homes in other parts of Europe, it is probable that English property owned or invested in by Irish people is on a larger scale than it is with any other country.