Wednesday 18 January 2017

Ireland's mission is to dial down a vengeful EU in a post-Brexit world

Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30

David Cameron’s Brexit gamble has left Enda Kenny and the Irish government picking up the pieces. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
David Cameron’s Brexit gamble has left Enda Kenny and the Irish government picking up the pieces. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

'Shut the door quietly as you go."

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Those private but vitriolic words from one Brussels diplomat yesterday summed up the mood of many EU member delegations who are extremely tired of Britain's half-in/half-out attitude over 43 years.

The sour tone in European Parliament exchanges over Brexit over the past two days is emblematic of a strong view that Britain has compounded the post-referendum uncertainty by a reluctance to engage in exit talks any time soon.

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