Saturday 3 December 2016

Let's take a chill pill on Brexit - we could enjoy the best of both worlds if we play our cards right

Published 28/01/2016 | 02:30

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street this week. Photo: Chris Radcliffe
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street this week. Photo: Chris Radcliffe

Just before jumping headlong into the imminent General Election campaign, we must think deeply about Britain's EU referendum. A blind 'OMG' panic by Official Ireland at the prospect of the UK opting out of Europe seems to have taken root. Why has there been no time-out called to consider the benefits of Euro-scepticism?

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A federalist, integrated United States of Europe really doesn't suit us. Not when it comes with a common tax straitjacket. Not to mention centralised rule from Brussels, coupled with a shrinking of national parliaments.

As a small, peripheral state at the edge of the German hegemony, we have a chance to pore over what are increasingly less promising prospects for all peripheral members.

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