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John Downing: 'Some in the UK have an ill-judged sense of grievance against us'

  

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A view of the Palace of Westminster. Stock picture

A view of the Palace of Westminster. Stock picture

A view of the Palace of Westminster. Stock picture

The very last thing anyone in Ireland should do right now is gloat. As recently as just weeks ago, nobody would have been unduly surprised to hear the Taoiseach was visiting EU capitals in a five-to-midnight effort to rally support for Ireland's cause.

Today, it is UK Prime Minister Theresa May who is playing that role. And in a curious piece of role-reversal, she is due in Dublin to try to enlist Irish support ahead of another Brexit EU leaders' summit in Brussels tomorrow.

Among the many strange things surrounding this Brexit rolling political car crash is a persistent feeling among some in England that Ireland somehow wants to "punish" them. It has come across fleetingly, but recurrently, in various British media exchanges.


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