Friday 24 February 2017

Taoiseach must look North if he is to influence UK debate on EU status

John Downing

John Downing

The DUP has maintained its doubts about the European project from the UK’s accession in 1973. But these doubts have been tempered by cash, especially when it comes to farm and regional funding
The DUP has maintained its doubts about the European project from the UK’s accession in 1973. But these doubts have been tempered by cash, especially when it comes to farm and regional funding

The Government took some stick for saying absolutely nothing about Scotland's referendum on independence in September 2014.

But now the wisdom of that stance becomes clearer as the Taoiseach took the first practical step towards trying to influence Britain's forthcoming "in or out" referendum on European Union membership.

Ireland has three very valid reasons for a strong, but measured and courteous, intervention in the forthcoming debate ahead of a vote we expect sometime in 2017. Firstly, the UK is the biggest export market for Ireland with significant trade also coming in big Irish imports from Britain.

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