Monday 19 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: Johnson has no clue about the biggest tragedy of Brexit'

Boris Johnson. Photo: PA
Boris Johnson. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

EU membership is not like the emotional side of a marriage – I’m leaving, I don’t like you, that’s not fair.

It should be about the unemotional side of marriage: fairness, barter (I’ll wash the dishes you put the kids to bed), money, contract, pragmatism.

When EU membership does become emotional is when you think about Northern Ireland and peace – it was so much easier for Northern Ireland and Ireland to collectively be members of the EU (a parent body if you like) than for the North to be Brexit-forced to belong solely to the UK and have to abandon any feelings of belonging to Ireland (and thus the EU).

This is the greatest sadness of Brexit: it unravels the Good Friday Agreement, an international agreement between the British and Irish governments which addressed issues relating to sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, decommissioning of weapons, demilitarisation, justice and policing.

Why throw all that away? To return to violence?

Is this what Boris Johnson wants when he says get rid of the backstop?

Alison Hackett

Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Britain has bigger things to worry about than backstop

It used to be ‘no dogs, no blacks, no Irish’.

Now it’s the backstop must go. Why?

As Boris says himself, a small percentage of trade goes through that Border anyway.

Surely, there are more important things for Britain other than making sure the EU puts the Irish back in our place?

But perhaps not.

Pauline Bleach

Wolli Creek, Australia

The Tory Party is no friend to Ireland – our future is in EU

Hugh O’Connell and Cormac McQuinn (‘Johnson in stand-off as he digs in on backstop’, Irish Independent, July 30) write: “However, his [Johnson’s] stance that the backstop must go puts him on a collision course with Ireland and the EU.”

I have noticed this same reference to “Ireland and the EU”, in reports on Brexit by other Irish journalists.

Surely, the entire Brexit negotiation is solely with the EU, of which Ireland is a member?

If so, then An Taoiseach should refer all discussions sought by the UK back to Brussels.

The Tory Party never was, nor ever will be, a ‘friend’ to Ireland.

And its counterparts in the British Commonwealth – including here in Australia – are little different in that regard.

The Irish Government has a choice of trying in vain to unite the Tory Party, or working harder on its commitment to the EU.

The former is a fairy tale: the latter is reality.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

McEntee should tell PM we want no part of his plans

You report that European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee wants to invite Boris Johnson to visit the Border with the Taoiseach so that he understands the complex situation on the ground (‘McEntee says British PM should see our Border for himself’, Irish Independent, July 29).

If Ms McEntee is serious, she should have understood by now that Mr Johnson has no interest in rational thought.

His only interest, very much in the mould of Donald Trump, is himself and doing whatever he can, irrespective of the harm to the UK (he has no interest in Ireland), to retain his position as UK prime minister.

If Ms McEntee is serious, she should make way for someone with some political and psychological nous.

If she is trying to psych Boris out, she should change tack and openly tell him the facts of life, being that neither Ireland nor the EU have the patience or the inclination to be a part of his charade or his suicide mission.

Harry Charalambou

London, UK

Exceptional sporting success not matched on our screens

What wonderful sport we have had over the last few weekends – Shane Lowry winning the Open, the success of our cricket team though well beaten in the end, Enable carrying on her success in the King George, and the two wonderful games in Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday.

However, I was disappointed with ‘The Sunday Game’ on Sunday night. Having begun reasonably well, the programme as it progressed became more about the individuals discussing the games than about the two games.

Further, while RTÉ has given Shane Lowry much acclaim since the Open, and rightly so, it was a pity it failed to show live any of his winning rounds.

Tom Kelly

Merganstown, West Wicklow

Irish Independent

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