Thursday 30 March 2017

As we forge deeper ties in Europe we are forgetting our closest ally

Every week, €1bn of trade is carried out between Ireland and the auld enemy

THE small cafe outside Bank station, deep in the heart of London's financial district, is jammed. Behind me – suited and booted – are four voices, deepest Cork, young lads in their late 20s. These are the newest wave of Irish people whom London has welcomed and provided with a living, when earning a living back home is not possible. In recent surveys, one in four Londoners claimed to have Irish blood, while there are more British people with one Irish grandparent than there are Irish people with grandparents.

These are the ties that bind and this is why – whether our top civil servants and politicians like it or not – Britain, and neither Germany nor France, will remain the natural home for Irish products, investment and people.

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