Friday 20 October 2017

Ireland is already united - by threat of a Brexit nightmare

People gather to look at a Banksy mural depicting a European Union flag being
chiselled by a workman on the side of a disused
building in Dover, England. Photo: Bloomberg
People gather to look at a Banksy mural depicting a European Union flag being chiselled by a workman on the side of a disused building in Dover, England. Photo: Bloomberg
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

EVERYONE else is daydreaming, so why shouldn't I? Just what would the world have to look like for a majority in Northern Ireland to vote to leave the UK and join the Irish Republic and, automatically, the EU?

The answer must be that the Republic would be a prosperous member of a successful Federation of Europe, comprising most, but perhaps not all, of the existing members of the eurozone.

By contrast, the United Kingdom would be mired in deficits and poor growth; cut off from even the European union states which are members of the single market and the customs union with the Federation.

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