Sunday 18 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'The North deserves to have a say in new Brexit referendum'

'The reality of the backstop and the consequence of a hard Brexit surely makes the case for having a plebiscite in Northern Ireland to see if the people there would accept the backstop.' Photo: PA
'The reality of the backstop and the consequence of a hard Brexit surely makes the case for having a plebiscite in Northern Ireland to see if the people there would accept the backstop.' Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

As ‘Captain Boris’ heads at full speed for the hard Brexit iceberg with his lookout screaming ‘iceberg hard Brexit ahead’, the new UK premier shouts ‘nonsense, it’s just an optical illusion, full speed ahead’. The Dup has started to flex the Sammy Wilson warning shots across the bow to keep Prime Minister Johnson aware that the Dup controls the rudder of project hard Brexit.

The reality of the backstop and the consequence of a hard Brexit surely makes the case for having a plebiscite in Northern Ireland to see if the people there would accept the backstop. The evidence would strongly suggest that both communities would accept the backstop option.

The reality of Northern Ireland voting to stay in the EU and the incontrovertible demographic changes in Northern Ireland would surely make the unique circumstances of the North worthy of a referendum on the backstop?

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With time running out, could I appeal to any politician or journalist to at least ask the question. It would be an expression of democracy in a region that voted stay and stands to lose the most.

Peter Monahan

Drogheda, Co Louth

All the whingeing about the excellent Dubs has got to stop

Trying to follow the logic of Tomás Ó Sé’s ‘Expert View’ was hard going with him saying that “people asking legitimate questions about Dublin’s advantages are immediately branded ‘anti-Dub’.” (Irish Independent, July 27).

It came across as a not-so expert attempt to justify the continued whingeing from what I consider to be nothing other than bad losers at the brilliant performances we have seen from the Dublin football team.

He finishes with the rather strange comment, “...people aren’t stupid. They don’t want to be patronised either. They want to be treated as equals.”

Maybe next week Tomás will write a piece on how Kerry has dominated the Munster Football Championship for decades and explain how he thinks a bit of “people being treated equally” might result in a keener competition. Kerry has won that title 81 times with Cork a faraway second with 37. Next comes Tipperary with a paltry nine, while Clare, Limerick and Waterford share four between them. Even the All-Ireland has a very unbalanced look to it with Kerry the holders of 37 titles followed by Dublin on 28.

All the carping about “inequality” has only arisen in a time when Dublin produce an exceptional team which has broken Kerry’s dominance. Time for pundits to stop the negativity and focus on encouraging under-performing counties to step up their efforts.

Jim O’Sullivan

Co Sligo

Backstop has only led to more damaging consequences here

The ‘backstop’ was a reasonable attempt by our Government to reduce the negative effect of Brexit on both parts of this island.

It is not a sacrosanct, defining matter of national pride or identity that has to be defended at all costs against our supposedly bullying neighbour.

Unfortunately, due to the present arithmetic in the House of Commons, the Withdrawal Agreement containing the backstop didn’t get through and it has indirectly led to the formation of a new UK government dominated by ardent Brexiteers whose views will be much more damaging to Ireland than the previous government.

Surely it is time to acknowledge that the backstop hasn’t achieved its purpose and to drop it before it leads to more unintended consequences that will be extremely damaging to both parts of Ireland.

Vincent McMahon

Ennis, Co Clare

Independence, reunification have never been more valid

Padraic Neary (Letters, July 26) just about hits the nail on the head.

I sincerely hope the UK leaves the EU by Halloween. However, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has a valid reason for wanting a second independence referendum as Scotland voted Remain in 2016 as did Northern Ireland. As such, the people of these parts of the UK should have the option of independence and Irish reunification.

The EU-UK termination has become an ugly divorce, past the point of no return. We could have a reunited Ireland, and independent Scotland, Wales, and England. The latter three, preferably republics, can all survive very well without being beholden to the EU.

Only a general election and second EU referendum can now break the deadlock.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Crude Trump’s hardly top of the tree in the ‘style’ stakes

“Ya gotta admit, President Trump has ‘style’,” his supporters say. In short, I say he’s lewd, crude and we’re screwed. So much for ‘style’!

Herb Stark

North Carolina, USA

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