Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ireland's eyes are shut to all euro visions

With Brexit and a UK general election looming, we need to have an honest debate about Irexit

European Parliament: We need an eyes-wide-open approach to the European Union
European Parliament: We need an eyes-wide-open approach to the European Union

Bruce Arnold

The only thing that surprised me about Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election on June 8 was that I was surprised. At such a time changes come thick and fast. We should not be surprised at anything that happens until the world settles down again, as inevitably it will. More changes are coming, hopefully good, but it is very difficult to ride a tiger.

May, for understandable reasons, is unable to resist the temptation to increase her majority fivefold. She might succeed in doing so. Possibly not. It is a calculated gamble, one that Gordon Brown ducked when he replaced Tony Blair. Perhaps May is made of sterner stuff.

The result of the election is not guaranteed despite all the lazy talk about it being a foregone conclusion. Elections never are. The Liberal Democrats could stage a recovery. The SNP could hold its seats in Scotland. Labour voters could re-elect their MPs despite Jeremy Corbyn's low standing in the polls.

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