Thursday 24 May 2018

Shona Murray: The only way forward is for strict red lines to dissolve

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers a lecture on the Future of Europe before the Wilfried Martens Fund at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers a lecture on the Future of Europe before the Wilfried Martens Fund at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Shona Murray

The penny is finally dropping that the UK's red lines on Brexit will have to dissolve significantly if it is to leave the EU in an orderly way, and for Irish priorities in the North to be taken seriously.

The Taoiseach took a telling position during his speech on the Future of Europe when he threatened to pull the plug on the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement unless the UK conceded to redraw its red line on the customs partnership. He made the point that in order for there to be a realistic chance of Northern Irish issues being solved, and therefore the withdrawal agreement being complete, Theresa May's government needs to get real.

"The only thing that is a barrier to that close new relationship that we want to have between the UK and the EU is some of the hard red lines that the British have set for themselves," he said in Leuven, Belgium.

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