Thursday 8 December 2016

We must step up and become the best friend Britain has in Europe

Brexit will affect us all, so South and North have to work together closely for the greater good

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

Talks: Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin last week Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Talks: Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke at the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin last week Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There's a hurricane heading our way. We don't know how fast it's coming or what damage it will cause when it hits land. But it's worse than that. We don't even know what a hurricane is. We are back in the Stone Age. Goats looking at thunder.

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A total of 97pc of Irish businesses have no plan to deal with the fall-out from Brexit, but they're pretty sure it will affect them badly. And to judge from the Taoiseach's Brexit Forum last Wednesday, the Government is not too far behind them.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said it is the job of every minister to tackle the Brexit problem. But what is everybody's business is nobody's business. There is no minister for Brexit. There are a few civil servants beavering away somewhere in Government Buildings. But, as Mattie McGrath said, if there is a plan, it is not written down anywhere.

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