Saturday 3 December 2016

Merkel's indifference a humiliating slap in face

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

Not once but twice yesterday, Ms Merkel refused to make Ireland a 'special case' in the critical Brexit talks. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Not once but twice yesterday, Ms Merkel refused to make Ireland a 'special case' in the critical Brexit talks. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny badly needed to come away with something more than the brush-off from his Berlin meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Not once but twice yesterday, Ms Merkel refused to make Ireland a 'special case' in the critical Brexit talks. The most powerful person in Europe steadfastly declined to give any 'guarantees' to Mr Kenny, saying that all concerns would be weighed in the context of the 27 remaining EU states. This is a major setback.

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Ireland's case is unique and there can be no resiling from our insistence that there be no hard Border between North and South and that movement between Britain and Ireland must be fluid. Ms Merkel said: "We have to wait for Great Britain to take a stand and give us an idea of the type of relationship they are thinking about."

Britain has reconfigured and redefined its relationship with the EU and must therefore face the consequences.

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