No more clinging to coat-tails of our bigger neighbour in Europe
A good decade before Ireland even joined the European project, we were already the meat in the EU-UK sandwich.
On January 19, 1963, French President Charles de Gaulle announced that he was vetoing Britain's application to join the then-European Economic Community (EEC). General de Gaulle, perennially suspicious of London, had taken serious umbrage at Britain's decision to forge a nuclear alliance with the US.
Mr de Gaulle reasoned that if Britain wanted to be a "US satellite" it could not be European as well.