Saturday 18 November 2017

Richard Curran: Like a boxer, Ireland is set to lose Brexit bout after being stitched up by judges

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin after their summit meeting
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin after their summit meeting
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

The platitudes and the vagueness about exactly what will happen between Ireland and the UK after Brexit continue. It was hard to make any real sense of what was stated jointly and agreed between British prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

A "frictionless Border" was mentioned, as was the desire to avoid a "hard Border". What does that mean? Given that a Border with "friction" conjures up images of the Golan Heights, perhaps we should all breathe a sigh of relief.

But in reality, it is not in the gift of the prime minister or the Taoiseach to spell out what kind of practical economic, trade and political relationship will exist between our two countries after Brexit.

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