Monday 19 March 2018

Hard Border - and all its problems - looking likely

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney

The British political scientist Prof Tim Bale summed up Brexit rather pithily in Dublin recently. "The bad news is that there is no good news," he said.

Viewed from another standpoint, we can say that the bar for what now passes as good news on Brexit has come down and down. So, we can give one piece of Brexit "good news" today as we report that Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney reportedly believes a deal to keep the common travel area (CTA) between the islands of Ireland and Britain is imminent.

Yes, it is encouraging to find that the CTA, in existence since the foundation of this State and long pre-dating the European Union in all its manifestations, will persist despite Brexit's other depredations.

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