Saturday 23 September 2017

Ireland still very much in firing line as UK spins out 'fantasy' customs terms

Two papers released in the UK suggest Brexit is as sensible as Trump's wall, writes Stephen Donnelly

A right mess: Tory Brexit minister David Davis
A right mess: Tory Brexit minister David Davis

Stephen Donnelly

Assessing the two Brexit papers released last week by the UK government is difficult, due largely to the misguided nature of the underlying premise.

It's a bit like trying to assess a paper from the White House on options for building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump's wall is populist, ill-conceived nonsense. Popular with many because it provides foreign villains to blame for domestic failures. Ill-conceived because it would make America smaller, poorer and less relevant, while harming America's friends and allies.

And Brexit is a bit like that.

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