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Saturday 25 February 2017

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

John Downing

John Downing

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."

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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