News John Downing

Monday 20 February 2017

Brexit now gives us a chance for real debate on our own role in EU

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

This picture of an NHS surgical team who come from around the European Union has been shared thousands of times online in the wake of the Brexit referendum result. Photo: Junaid Masood/PA Wire
This picture of an NHS surgical team who come from around the European Union has been shared thousands of times online in the wake of the Brexit referendum result. Photo: Junaid Masood/PA Wire

Whenever you hear the 'national interest' being invoked - reach for the salt cellar. Many sectional, hypocritical and dubious things have down the generations being dubbed as being in the 'national interest'. Since early last Thursday morning we have heard politicians of many parties cite our EU membership as being in the 'national interest'.

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At first glance, this has better credentials for being 'in the national interest'. But the problem with it is the array of unexplored assumptions which surround that assertion.

Now that Brexit has landed with a dull thud upon us we have a chance to have a real debate about the value or otherwise of Ireland's EU membership. We should not let it slip by.

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