Tuesday 14 August 2018

Our simple message for London: 'A deal is a deal'

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels Photo: AP
Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels Photo: AP
Editorial

Editorial

Before, during and especially after the Brexit referendum of June 2016, everyone on this neighbouring island has been aware of the deep divisions in British, and especially English, society over the issue. Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party has been especially riven, with a significant rump insisting the UK must end its 44 years of EU membership as swiftly and completely as possible.

These divisions on the matter have compounded all other EU member states' problems. But it is now recognised by all other 26 EU member states that Ireland has the greatest cause for concern. The fortunes of both islands are completely enmeshed through trade, social, cultural and political links which go back centuries.

Brexit could create the only potential de facto land frontier between the UK and the European Union. The return of the bad old days of the Border is a real fear.

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