Monday 24 April 2017

Lunch at No. 10 - and a full British Brexit is on the menu

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron on his arrival at 10 Downing Street in London, as Mr Cameron continued his diplomatic drive to win support for his promised renegotiation of Britain's membership of the EU Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron on his arrival at 10 Downing Street in London, as Mr Cameron continued his diplomatic drive to win support for his promised renegotiation of Britain's membership of the EU Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

It was the Taoiseach's first foray back into 10 Downing Street, since David Cameron did a Harry Houdini in May and escaped from the clutches of doom-laden opinion polls, shook off the shackles of the Lib Dems, and miraculously returned the Tories to single-party government.

And the two leaders had much to discuss - not least the fact that the UK has put the frighteners on the rest of the EU by forging ahead with plans to hold a referendum on either remaining on Team Brussels or voting to take their ball home.

It's a prospect which puts the heart crossways on the Irish Government - not to mention the rattled business community. Ireland and Britain trade a staggering €1bn a week in goods and services, and the departure of our nearest neighbour and biggest customer from the European Union would create hellish problems and possibly leave a large dent in our recuperating coffers.

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