Tuesday 19 September 2017

Muddled or not, we're still waiting on May's Brexit plan

Former EU commissioner Michel Barnier. Photo: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
Former EU commissioner Michel Barnier. Photo: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
John Downing

John Downing

'Say nothing till you hear more."

Ireland's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan cannot resist citing the late singer and folklorist Tommy Makem's pithy and ironic phrase. It summed up the attitude of rural border people in Makem's native Armagh as they tried to deal with various prying authorities from two jurisdictions.

These days, it also wistfully sums up Ireland's rather powerless position as we await Britain's expected opening of EU-UK divorce proceedings in about 10 weeks from now. British Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday that she would set out her Brexit strategy over the coming weeks in a series of landmark speeches.

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