Ireland must push for an EU 'Brexit fund'
Today, 362 days after British voters opted to quit the European Union, those EU-UK divorce talks finally get under way. These negotiations are starting before the UK officially forms its new government or lays out its policy programme.
There are also questions about what sort of mandate Prime Minister Theresa May has to pursue Brexit after her general election reverse. In contrast, the EU enters the talks with a certain confidence and a "mandated and accountable negotiator". That negotiator, Michel Barnier, has shown a sincere good intent in relation to Ireland's case.
But with deep disarray in London, Mr Barnier's goodwill may avail us of little in practice. Ireland, North and south, risks becoming the meat in the sandwich.