Thursday 8 December 2016

Does EU now end at our Northern border?

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

'Some people have become alienated: the British were first to act on it. But Britain is a loss to Europe, and to Ireland.'
'Some people have become alienated: the British were first to act on it. But Britain is a loss to Europe, and to Ireland.'

At 7am yesterday, as Britain's going-going-gone result became apparent, a text message pinged from my 19-year-old niece in England. "Do you know what happened to Grandma's birth certificate after she died? I'd like to apply for an Irish passport because I really don't want to class myself as British right now. I'd much rather be Irish and European than British and not European. I believe in the EU and want access to it."

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A university student with an Irish mother and English father, she had just woken up to Brexit. Back and forth travelled our texts. Some 75pc of her age group (18- to 24-year-olds) voted to stay, and she and the majority of her friends were "devastated" about leaving.

"We think reform from within would have been better," she said. "It seems unfair that our future has been decided by the over-55s - in some cases by elderly people who won't have to live with the consequences.

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