Saturday 3 December 2016

Keeping Britain in the EU is best for Ireland - so we need Conservatives to lose

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

ITV handout photo of Prime Minister David Cameron during the 7-way televised leaders debate at the ITV studios in MediaCityUK in Salford (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire)
ITV handout photo of Prime Minister David Cameron during the 7-way televised leaders debate at the ITV studios in MediaCityUK in Salford (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire)
"The May 7 vote will decide whether David Cameron stays in Downing Street or whether his Labour rival, Ed Miliband, moves into Number 10 in his stead. It is in this island’s interests that Cameron exits" (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister David Cameron during the debate (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Prime Minister David Cameron during the 7-way televised leaders debate at the ITV studios (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/PA Wire)

This week marked the beginning of Britain's general election campaign. The May 7 vote will decide whether David Cameron stays in Downing Street or whether his Labour rival, Ed Miliband, moves into Number 10 in his stead.

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It is in this island's interests that Cameron exits.

Before setting out the reasons why, recall that no country is more important for Ireland than our nearest neighbour. Britain is our biggest trading partner. Our labour market is, de facto, part of Britain's. Three million people cross the water to visit the Republic each year. Tens of thousands of jobs depend on Irish companies exporting to the market next door and on British companies based here. Nor is it, by any means, all one-way traffic. Britain's exports to Ireland are worth more than its exports to Brazil, India and China combined, countries whose populations together account for well over a third of the planet.

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