Sunday 20 August 2017

Brexit negotiating time is short - and it won't just be the UK that will suffer

May has performed erratically in both the Brexit vote and the general election

Spitting Image: Three actors, portraying Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron, at a new general election themed fairground attraction called ‘Poll-tergeist’ — which is an addition to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon attraction at Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey, aimed at encouraging young people to get involved with the vote.
Spitting Image: Three actors, portraying Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron, at a new general election themed fairground attraction called ‘Poll-tergeist’ — which is an addition to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon attraction at Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey, aimed at encouraging young people to get involved with the vote.
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

Leo Varadkar's first task in government will be to prevent, insofar as he can, an early train-wreck in the UK's negotiations with the EU-27. Brexit represents, in the words of Bob Geldof, the 'greatest act of self-harm in British history'.

His characterisation is not wrong - but it is incomplete. The harm is unfortunately not confined to Britain, and if the Brexit process is botched, there will be avoidable extra damage to all of Europe and especially to Ireland.

Thursday's general election comes after an extraordinary year in British politics. The decision to quit the EU after 43 years in membership was an unprecedented change of course, rewriting abruptly the entire framework of its external relations for one of Europe's most important countries.

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