Monday 19 November 2018

John Downing: 'It is not Dublin's job to manage those deep EU Tory divisions'

  

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John Downing

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On the face of things the Taoiseach is telling us that he is only trying to help and it is as much in Ireland's interests as anyone else's. Ireland needs a proper Brexit deal as much, or in fact more, than most other EU member states.

Without a workable Withdrawal Agreement for the UK to exit the EU, there would be no transition period to allow Irish business to adjust. There would be no chance for a future EU-UK post-Brexit trade relationship, seriously damaging Irish trade. Both problems would undoubtedly cost many tens of thousands of Irish jobs.

So, Leo Varadkar is about being helpful to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who needs to get some additional political cover if she is to stand any chance of getting whatever deal she might get ratified at Westminster. London's demands turn around when and how any "backstop" would end.

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