Thursday 27 April 2017

Northern parties must decide their position on 'Brexit'

If the UK were to leave the EU and if, in consequence, the UK were to split up, what would happen to Northern Ireland?
If the UK were to leave the EU and if, in consequence, the UK were to split up, what would happen to Northern Ireland?

Dáithi O’Ceallaigh

Britain has become unpopular among many of Europe's politicians and civil servants because of the perception that the British are not fully committed and because of the anti-European rhetoric in the UK. The referendum should bring an end to the hesitancy in the relationship, one way or the other.

The outcome of the referendum has the potential to alter in significant ways the relationships between Britain and Ireland, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, and between north and south on this island.

The outcome of the British negotiation with the rest of the EU is uncertain. There appears to be a general consensus that it would be best for the EU were Britain to remain a member, but member states will need to stretch if Britain is to get what it wants.

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