Opinion John Downing

Monday 22 October 2018

Chaos: With time nearly up, our own worst-case preparations look belated

 

Kiss of the outsider woman: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker greets British Prime Minister Theresa May in Salzburg. Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP
Kiss of the outsider woman: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker greets British Prime Minister Theresa May in Salzburg. Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP
John Downing

John Downing

Since the waking nightmare of that early morning of June 24, 2016, when we learned UK voters had opted to quit the EU, we have often been told the Irish Government is "preparing for the worst and hoping for the best" when it comes to Brexit.

Well, we had better hope that far more of those "worst-case scenario" preparations are going on behind the scenes - because what is visible is very underwhelming and, quite frankly, worrying.

None of us wants to see a scenario where the lacklustre Brexit preparations come back to haunt Simon Coveney, as he makes a song and dance about a new website and a Brexit roadshow to warn businesses of a 'no deal' outcome.

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