Thursday 23 November 2017

Europe's gilded cage: Is leaving the EU a realistic option for us?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in Berlin, Germany, after the Brexit vote to discuss the implications for Ireland. Photo: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in Berlin, Germany, after the Brexit vote to discuss the implications for Ireland. Photo: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Should Ireland leave the EU? Some readers of this newspaper who have written to the editor over the past week have urged the charting of such a course. They have done so in response to the European Commission's finding last week that Ireland broke EU law in its tax dealings with Apple.

The tax case has added to concerns about the changing balance of pros and cons of EU membership following the decision of our nearest neighbours to leave the bloc three months ago. All of this comes on top of the euro crisis, around which issues of both an economic and political nature remain unresolved and continue to pose real risks.

Being part of the EU has many serious constitutional, political and economic ramifications.

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