Sunday 4 December 2016

Britain - our sister island dining at the EU table - needs us now more than ever before

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

'It may be foolish; it may turn out to be catastrophic, even. But by heaven, it was brave.' Photo: PA
'It may be foolish; it may turn out to be catastrophic, even. But by heaven, it was brave.' Photo: PA

Whatever our political views, surely any Irish person with a scintilla of the rebel streak must have some respect for the sheer cussedness, stubbornness and defiance of the almost 52pc of the British electorate who voted to leave the EU - despite all the big cheeses who tried to boss, bully and nag them not to do so?

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The British public were told to vote 'Remain'" by the President of the United States, the head of the IMF, the Governor of the Bank of England, the Confederation of British Industries, the TUC, the House of Lords, the Church of England, the Church of Rome, eight former US Treasury Secretaries, the Secretary-General of NATO, the chief executives of the top hundred UK businesses, a hundred leading economists, historians and scientists, Greenpeace, the Director of Europol, Kofi Annan, Stephen Hawking, David Beckham and Bob Geldof, (not to mention Enda Kenny, along with all the other EU prime ministers and of course all the top officials in Brussels).

And still, the majority told the whole bunch of this world elite to get lost. It may be foolish; it may turn out to be catastrophic, even. But by heaven, it was brave.

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