Wednesday 17 January 2018

In the end, Britain will bottle it when it comes to exiting EU

'The days of Empire are well and truly over.' REUTERS/Reinhard Krause
'The days of Empire are well and truly over.' REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Gerard O'Regan

The British - later rather than sooner - are going to bottle this whole Brexit fantasy when they finally accept they simply can't afford it.

It certainly has been a whirlwind few days across the Irish Sea. A bunch of political mavericks and sundry oddballs have brought the country to the cliff face.

Given the do-or-die stakes involved, it's no wonder saner voices, such as departing Prime Minister David Cameron, refused to activate the infamous Article 50. That would have landed the UK in quicksand - provoking a nightmarish departure from the yoke of Brussels.

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