Monday 12 November 2018

Ireland's rocky route through Brexit finally starting to take shape

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, his Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, and the team of diplomats pursuing Ireland’s case are entitled to a “well done so far” rating. But it would be seriously premature to begin any self-congratulations. Photo: REUTERS
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, his Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, and the team of diplomats pursuing Ireland’s case are entitled to a “well done so far” rating. But it would be seriously premature to begin any self-congratulations. Photo: REUTERS
Editorial

Editorial

It has been a long and painful 18 months since the British voters opted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016. But at last a semblance of how things may be post-Brexit is beginning to take shape.

It looks like Ireland might be headed towards mitigating the worst of the resultant harm from the departure of our neighbouring island, and a major trading partner, with whom our fortunes are closely interlinked. But the Government and its team still has it all to do as we head into a vital 10 days of talks.

Today in Brussels, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to outline how the Irish Border will be dealt with in a post-Brexit world. She needs to satisfy the policy-guiding EU Commission, and the 26 other member governments, on this issue of vital interest to Irish people all across the island.

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