Saturday 23 September 2017

Ireland has no special place in the affections of our 'allies' in Europe

This country has lost a crucial ally in Europe and there will undoubtedly be a price to pay for that

Taxing times: In 2011, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy joined forces to bully Enda Kenny on Ireland’s corporate tax rate Photo: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Taxing times: In 2011, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy joined forces to bully Enda Kenny on Ireland’s corporate tax rate Photo: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

The Brexit decision damages the context of Ireland's international relations and in ways not all of which will be clarified quickly. The 27 European Union leaders meet in Bratislava on Friday, the full roster minus the British.

This truncated grouping has already met once, at the end of June, in the immediate aftermath of the UK referendum, their first meeting without the British in 43 years.

When Charles de Gaulle vetoed UK membership in the 1960s, there was a conditional willingness in Ireland to pursue membership without the UK and apparently de Gaulle was inclined to entertain the idea. But nothing came of it, unsurprisingly given Ireland's pronounced trade dependence on Britain at the time. Ireland waited to join, alongside Britain, in 1973.

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