Tuesday 26 September 2017

Leo is wrong on border... we need to devise, create and own it

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The Taoiseach's comments on Friday that it was not his Government's job to find a solution to a hard border presumably indicate his Government's frustration with the UK's approach to Brexit negotiations. However, he is wrong.

We know that we don't want an economic border. But we also know that the EU by definition requires borders. We have to find a solution and ensure it is adopted. It's not up to the British. Far from it. It's up to us. If left to the British they will use the border problem as a negotiating chip in the overall Brexit negotiations. We're not doing it for them. We're doing it for ourselves because it's only really us that the land border affects.

We cannot presume the EU will do right by us. We were promised by the EU that Irish banks would be recapitalised. A significant part of the bailout was going to be taken over by the other member states through the ESM. We were going to be given priority and treated as a special case. Sounded great, but didn't happen.

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