Opinion Comment

Saturday 18 November 2017

Establishment running away from Brexit plan truth

Ireland and the UK are described as 'inescapably intertwined' in Britain's new plan for Brexit

'The weight of British purpose is well thought out and logical, fitting in with the decision already made to break off EU membership. Irish purpose, however, reflects uncertainty over what to do, and a wish to have it both ways. In short, there is a failure of leadership' (stock photo)
'The weight of British purpose is well thought out and logical, fitting in with the decision already made to break off EU membership. Irish purpose, however, reflects uncertainty over what to do, and a wish to have it both ways. In short, there is a failure of leadership' (stock photo)

Bruce Arnold

No document presented to the Irish people in respect of our membership of the EU has greater current importance than Brexit: UK-Ireland Relations.

It originated with the British House of Lords, a committee of which published it, rather eccentrically, in Dublin on December 12 last year, obviously aimed at a well-informed Irish audience.

It put three issues before Irish readers: the urgent need for a bilateral deal between the two countries; the maintenance of a Common Travel Area within these islands; the finding of a solution to the continued existence of a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, a situation that could become a barrier to progress between Britain and the Republic.

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