Sunday 18 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Brexiteers don’t want a deal – but want to blame Ireland'

'For many who voted Leave in 2016, Brexit now equals no deal, and any deal must, of its very nature, amount to a betrayal of Brexit.' Stock photo: PA
'For many who voted Leave in 2016, Brexit now equals no deal, and any deal must, of its very nature, amount to a betrayal of Brexit.' Stock photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I find it remarkable that a politician of John Bruton’s acumen apparently does not realise that no deal is the conscious and deliberate aim of the new British government (‘UK should realise the backstop isn’t a trap, it’s a bridge across contradictions of Brexit’, Irish Independent, August 9).

The idea is for Britain to be free of continental “entanglements”, as the Brexiteers see them, to make a comprehensive agreement with America, covering not just trade but unconditional British alignment with Trump’s foreign and security policy objectives, notably with regard to China and the Middle East.

Theresa May wanted an EU deal for Britain: Boris Johnson does not.

In these circumstances, attempts to explain or even modify the backstop for an English audience are pointless.

For many who voted Leave in 2016, Brexit now equals no deal, and any deal must, of its very nature, amount to a betrayal of Brexit. Nothing else, including the union with Scotland or, for that matter, Northern Ireland really matters.

Obviously, this scenario, if it comes to pass, will create serious difficulties for sections of the British economy and society and, as John Bruton rightly suggests, the UK government is anxious to fix responsibility for this on Dublin and Brussels in the eyes of the British public at least, so far with a measure of success.

In Northern Ireland, the DUP is trying the same tactic, though whether it’ll succeed or not with Northern public opinion is another matter, given the undoubted support for the backstop that exists there.

Ed Kelly
Merseyside, England

Britain brought this on itself and can’t hold us responsible

Because of the damage to this country of a no-deal Brexit, the editorial in the Irish Independent on August 14 tells us that all our plans “will be washed out the window if we are hit by a Brexit tsunami”.

The implication seems to be that the consequences of Brexit will be caused by the Irish attitude to Brexit.

The reality is that Brexiteers have declared economic war on the rest of Europe and especially on this democratic republic and former colony.

Brexiteers have also torn up the Good Friday Agreement signed by the UK and Ireland, which drew a line under centuries of colonial rule.

The London media and the Brexiteers have a narrative that blames Paddy for the consequences.

When Paddy challenges that narrative and states his view of the situation, he is accused of hysteria among other things.

A Leavy
Sutton, Dublin 13

No room for optimism when it comes to meeting Johnson

I vehemently disagree with the Tánaiste’s opinion that a meeting between the Taoiseach and Boris Johnson won’t solve everything.

It won’t solve anything.

Ciarán Clarke
Co Fermanagh

Is Cork’s hurling barren spell a throwback to the strike?

As one of the “traditional” strongholds of hurling, Cork are now experiencing their longest barren spell, not having won the Liam MacCarthy Cup since 2005.

One wonders what effects did the strike of the early 2000s have on the nerve-centre of Cork hurling.

Liam Fleury
Dublin 3

Peat bog workers could be paid to undo the damage

When a turf-burning power station closes, the State saves a fortune because it was always loss-making, albeit it provided much-needed employment in the west and midlands.

The rape of Irish bogs to feed these stations is the biggest ecological disaster perpetrated since the foundation of the State and puts bats, snails and natterjack toads in the halfpenny place. Amazingly, not a word was spoken.

The Government should make the bold decision to continue to pay these workers (possibly at no overall cost anyway), so that they can continue to live locally and be employed, if possible, using their expertise to try to redress the damage done to the bogs.

Finland is currently experimenting a project to simply pay citizens a living wage to live in outlying parts of the country and if we are honest, small farmers in the west and the Gaeltacht have been in this category for years. I strongly support keeping the outlying regions populated at whatever the cost because they are an essential part of our culture and heritage, and not just the Gaeltacht areas.

Michael Foley
Rathmines, Dublin 6

Irish Independent

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