Thursday 27 July 2017

Brexit mess will benefit Ireland a little, but not a lot

But the UK election outcome is bad for Northern Ireland and makes Brexit a shambles and riskier for the entire island, writes Dan O'Brien

‘Strong and stable’: Theresa May’s campaign slogan must ring hollow now following the general election results. Photo: Getty Images
‘Strong and stable’: Theresa May’s campaign slogan must ring hollow now following the general election results. Photo: Getty Images
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Political outcomes that almost nobody predicted have become more common in western countries. And Britain has been particularly unpredictable.

An overall majority for David Cameron in the UK's general election 25 months ago is one example. The absence of debate on Brexit during the campaign just ended is another. Last week's failure by Theresa May to convert the advantage the Conservatives consistently held over Labour, from the time Jeremy Corbyn became leader until a mere few weeks ago, is yet another.

Developments in Britain's politics and economy affect the lives of everyone on this island. Who rules the UK and the policy choices they make have always mattered on this side of the Irish Sea.

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