Friday 24 November 2017

British exit from EU would radically change dynamics of our relationship

David Cameron's Conservatives are committed to holding a referendum on EU membership
David Cameron's Conservatives are committed to holding a referendum on EU membership
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Last Friday marked the 91st anniversary of this State's independence.

Almost from the moment we parted ways with Britain in December 1922, relations were fraught. That unhappy state of affairs continued for a very long time. But now -- it is commonplace and correct to observe -- Ireland-Britain relations have never been better. The reasons for the "normalisation" of relations, as diplomats might put it, are manifold, including the ending of the Troubles and closer economic and commercial ties.

Changing mindsets have been both a product and a cause of better Ireland-Britain relations. We and our neighbours today view each other and the world very differently compared to, say, 50 years ago. The British are now mostly embarrassed by their imperial past and are far less likely than they once were to look haughtily down their noses at their small island neighbour.

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