Ireland should be ready to jump ship from EU after Brexit
Too many people who know nothing much about business are talking up new markets that don't exist, writes Bruce Arnold
From the Taoiseach down, we are being exposed to a facile campaign coming from politicians, trade advisers and civil servants. They are stating simply that, because of Brexit, Irish exporters "have to find new markets outside the UK". Most of the people from this class have no understanding of what they are talking about, have never done any selling in their lives, and don't realise the vital importance of long-established trade links with Britain. If they did, they would speak differently.
Historically, the great Irish trading companies of the past half-century, and there are few enough, have transcended the bedrock of their achievements - between Ireland and Britain - and now operate on an international stage. This, if they are shrewd, they are constantly expanding.
Good examples would be Kerry, Glanbia and Kingspan, among others. There are not enough of these companies, but they started in Ireland and are proud of it. By prodigious luck, enterprise and initiative, they created export opportunities. They made the bridgehead between Ireland and the United Kingdom.