Tuesday 20 February 2018

No more clinging to coat-tails of our bigger neighbour in Europe

Two men dressed as customs officers during a protest at Stormont yesterday. Photo: Getty
Two men dressed as customs officers during a protest at Stormont yesterday. Photo: Getty
John Downing

John Downing

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.

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