Tuesday 25 April 2017

Now North's interests are at risk of being lost in Brexit talks

Without the Executive up and running, the North’s interests in terms of Brexit will fall squarely
to a Conservative government in London to defend Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Without the Executive up and running, the North’s interests in terms of Brexit will fall squarely to a Conservative government in London to defend Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

The resignation of Martin McGuinness and the effective collapse of power-sharing in the North is undoubtedly bad timing.

A snap election in Northern Ireland is almost certain, harkening a political vacuum at a time of intense uncertainty for these islands.

Without the Executive up and running, the North's interests in terms of Brexit will fall squarely to a Conservative government in London to defend, as it prepares to enter formal negotiations in two months. The so-called 'cash-for-ash' issue is of importance to taxpayers, given the mounting costs, but it is a distraction from the frankly much larger and more critical issue of the UK's EU withdrawal.

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