Monday 19 November 2018

Taoiseach clings to his 'Brexit bright side', but we must now hope sense prevails

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured as he arrived before the start of the Cabinet meeting at Derrynane house, Co Kerry. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured as he arrived before the start of the Cabinet meeting at Derrynane house, Co Kerry. Photo: Frank McGrath
John Downing

John Downing

So, we continue - as we must - to prepare for the worst. Looking at the utter political chaos surrounding Brexit in the London parliament it is hard to see much cause to hope for anything like a best case outcome.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar continues to keep his "Brexit bright side" out as he continues his sometimes beguiling line of honesty in dishonesty about the perils ahead. Mr Varadkar concedes some potentially bad things beckon after Brexit and its transition, perhaps as early as January 2021.

But the Taoiseach insists a return of the north-south Border, as known to three generations of Irish people, will not be among these. He clings to assurances by the EU that no physical checks will be needed on the Border, even if the UK "crashes" out without a deal, which is increasingly possible.

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