Monday 26 June 2017

If Brexit follows Grexit, should we think about Irexit?

Enda Kenny and David Cameron at Downing Street on Thursday. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA
Enda Kenny and David Cameron at Downing Street on Thursday. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Should Ireland leave the EU? There are very few people who now advocate this course of action, even after all that has gone wrong with the euro and despite some legitimate grievances about aspects of how Ireland has been treated by EU institutions in recent times.

But Europe is changing fast. No change would affect Ireland more than a British exit from the EU. While there are clearly some opportunities for Ireland if that happens, the net cost of our nearest neighbour departing the quasi-federal system of European government in which the two countries currently participate would be strongly negative.

Might the best solution - or the least bad - be for Ireland simply to follow Britain out if it votes to leave?

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