Thursday 26 April 2018

Constructive ambiguity won't make the border 'bulletproof'

Brexit is not a process. It is an arrangement - so kicking it down the road is not a viable option, writes Eoin O'Malley

Theresa May: Her Brexit problems are also Ireland’s problems.
Theresa May: Her Brexit problems are also Ireland’s problems.

Eoin O'Malley

Northern Ireland has politicians spoiled. It provides interminable crises, which excuse its politicians of the need to do the tough, boring work of politics. It gives Irish and British politicians the opportunity to look statesmanlike - to swoop in, broker a deal, and move on with the helping hand of history on their shoulders. It has cemented an 'us-versus-them' outlook that allows each side to blame others for their own failings.

But most of all it has them spoiled because it's given politicians the impression that every road is long enough that a can could be kicked further down it.

The Northern Irish way of doing things has conditioned the Brexit negotiators.

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