Tuesday 17 July 2018

I want a Brexit that won't leave everyone on this island a loser

We must focus on achieving a sensible solution to the challenge of Brexit for all of us, writes Steve Aiken of the Ulster Unionist Party

'Any reasonable person would also ask, with so much at stake, what is the real logic behind the Taoiseach and Tanaiste’s redline obsession with the Backstop?'. Photo: Steve Humphreys
'Any reasonable person would also ask, with so much at stake, what is the real logic behind the Taoiseach and Tanaiste’s redline obsession with the Backstop?'. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Steve Aiken

If the negotiations continue on their current trajectory, there will be very few winners out of Brexit, but potentially a lot of losers on all sides of the Irish Border.

While for many this is stating the obvious, some people, listening to the rhetoric of the DUP (Westminster Branch), would think that the only ''unionist voice'' is of slavish support of the Tory right's ''hard'' Brexit nirvana.

Indeed, in Dublin and in London our party engaged with political and business leaders across all spectrums of opinion, hearing a perception from them that ''Unionism'' was seeking a hard Brexit rather than any pragmatic option.

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