Sunday 18 November 2018

Editorial: 'Giving ground on backstop is a flawed, backward step'

Photo: PA
Photo: PA
Editorial

Editorial

Fate has its own timing but since the vexed term Brexit was coined the over-riding fear was we would find ourselves at a table at the 11th hour being told in crisp tones: "What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable."

From the outset, the Irish position had to be: This mess is not of our making, and we will not be bounced in to becoming collateral damage because of a decision taken by Britain.

In order to remain on the same page, one has to make sure you are also reading the same book. And we have been told repeatedly the EU has our backs. Therefore, the Taoiseach's offer of a review to British Prime Minister Theresa May was at best premature and at worst a strategic error.

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