Sunday 22 July 2018

Brexit: All Leo's fault apparently

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: AP
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: AP
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

We should all think long and hard here before we go any further. Do we seriously want to do this again? Having finally wrapped up 800 years of bad blood with the neighbours, having finally had their Queen across the threshold with everyone on their best behaviour, and now with just a few more bits to wrap up, like Gerry Adams's retirement after 100 years at the helm of Sinn Fein, do we really want to kick it all off again?

If this does lead to another 800 years of bad relations, our neighbours will no doubt be blaming Leo Varadkar. But we here in Ireland, we will know that it woz The Sun wot did it. The UK Sun launched a "Hands off our Brexit" broadside against Leo yesterday. "Ireland's naive young prime minister should shut his gob on Brexit and grow up," the editorial thundered. And all we could think was, where do you even begin with that? Leo needs to grow up? Leo is the naive one?

The Sun says Leo "needs to accept what's happening". Which would certainly put Leo a few steps ahead of everyone in the UK, because it would imply he knows what's happening. In terms of accepting it, maybe The Sun should concentrate on getting its own government to accept Brexit first. That might be a start, and the rest of us might consider getting on board then.

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