Monday 21 August 2017

Britain's 'in/out' vote poses huge challenges

Charlie Flanagan has said that Dublin cannot remain silent on the Brexit referendum Photo: Tom Burke
Charlie Flanagan has said that Dublin cannot remain silent on the Brexit referendum Photo: Tom Burke
Editorial

Editorial

Britain has a deal with its EU partners and the referendum date has been named as June 23. It is an important date for the future of every citizen in the United Kingdom and, indeed, for the European Union's 500 million citizens.

But it has huge implications for this country for a number of key reasons. Britain is by far our largest trading partner. For better or worse, these two neighbouring islands for the past 1,000 years at the very least, have had a very close relationship.

Northern Ireland's unique status makes for huge direct and immediate ramifications for this jurisdiction should British voters opt to leave the EU next June.

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