Thursday 19 October 2017

Forget ins and outs of Brexit - we should be focusing on the future direction of the EU

British PM Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
British PM Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney

Feargal Quinn

When conspiracy theorists rave on about the New World Order, I don't think this is quite what they had in mind. So long to the prospect of a totalitarian world government led by the United States of America - or the United States of Europe for that matter.

In a remarkably short time, the new US president, Donald Trump, has done much to signal the turning inward of his administration's focus, and all the while Europe is fraying - the loose thread of the UK is about to become undone, but ever so slowly.

As they sit down to negotiate with British Prime Minister Theresa May's team, the EU negotiators know that the prospect of a former EU member state finding strength in standing alone threatens the very existence of the EU. Regardless of what features on Mrs May's Brexit wishlist, and in-spite of her nice assurances of the importance of Ireland, we should not be fooled into thinking that this Brexit will be anything other than hard - and in Ireland's case it will be very hard.

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