Saturday 3 December 2016

'Brexit', not election, may be 2016's defining moment

Published 28/12/2015 | 02:30

File photo dated 10/09/14 of Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in his Christmas message that Britain's Christian values have been key to making the country a successful home to people of all faiths and none. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 24, 2015. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of peace and security at a time when millions had been forced to flee the fighting in Syria while Christians in some parts of the world lived in fear of persecution. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/09/14 of Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in his Christmas message that Britain's Christian values have been key to making the country a successful home to people of all faiths and none. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 24, 2015. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of peace and security at a time when millions had been forced to flee the fighting in Syria while Christians in some parts of the world lived in fear of persecution. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

It's time to look into the crystal ball and make predictions for 2016. I have my own suspicions about the General Election's outcome. But I'll keep my powder dry for a while longer. Let's just say for now that I'm still being polite to Mr Kenny, as I fear he may be with us for a while longer.

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Also, in a funny way, I firmly believe that this upcoming election may not, in fact, be the true defining political moment for us all in 2016. It gives me no pleasure at all to say this. But I fear another vote on that adjacent island just might have far more impact on all our lives, and sooner rather than later.

The more attentive reader, perhaps fired up from doing battle at the sales, will have guessed that I'm talking about the British referendum on their European Union membership. Yes, it's that unlovely word from the host of other unlovely words bequeathed us by Europe: "Brexit".

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