What comes after Brexit could be worse for Ireland
A Franco-German refashioning of the eurozone could put national interests at stake, writes Colm McCarthy
Sixteen months on from the referendum decision, and six months since the Article 50 resignation letter, Theresa May chose to put the preservation, for now, of Tory party unity ahead of any other consideration in her Florence speech last Friday. Britain will not be pursuing a damage-limitation strategy in dealing with Brexit, but the Conservative party will hold together for another while.
Mrs May campaigned for a Remain vote in the referendum as her principal cabinet colleagues took the opposite view. The split in the Tory party is unresolved and she has wrestled indecisively ever since with the choice between the appeasement of the ultra-Brexiteers and the minimisation of damage to the British economy.
There was no decision, at last June's referendum, to quit the EU's single market. The box ticked by 51.9pc of voters signalled a desire merely to leave the European Union. Nobody voted to exit the single market, never mind the customs union.