Friday 2 December 2016

The last thing this country needs as Brexit looms is further division

Niall Holohan

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

'At the very least, a pro-EU majority must be forged within the Stormont Assembly if Whitehall is to be forced to pay attention' (stock photo)
'At the very least, a pro-EU majority must be forged within the Stormont Assembly if Whitehall is to be forced to pay attention' (stock photo)

Despite the expectation that the 'little Englanders' of the Brexit campaign would never have their day in the sun; despite the hope that David Cameron and his slick Notting Hill colleagues would find a way out of the hole they had dug for themselves; despite the forecasts of all the experts and pundits, it seems now that the British political establishment is set on carrying out the full Brexit mandate - as dictated by its English and Welsh electorate.

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From an Irish point of view the situation looks remarkably bleak. Not only has the currency in our main export market weakened considerably but a new European border separating North and South may well be created on the island of Ireland.

Such a hard border, involving immigration as well as tariff controls, would negate many of the most important elements of the Good Friday Agreement and could well undermine the whole Northern Ireland peace process. It is imperative, accordingly, that the Irish Government and every self-respecting political party on this island must do everything possible to prevent such an eventuality taking place.

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