Saturday 20 October 2018

Time is running out as the real Brexit test looms

Team Leo must start serious preparations for all EU outcomes - including hard Brexit, writes Lisa Chambers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Lisa Chambers

It would be wise for Government to heed the warning given by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker when he addressed a joint sitting of the Dail and Seanad last Thursday: he cautioned that although a ''no deal'' scenario is unlikely, it is entirely possible and we should prepare for a hard Brexit.

We are now two years post the Brexit referendum and six months since we were told the backstop had been agreed and we are still no closer to a solution to the Irish issues. While other withdrawal issues have mostly been resolved, namely the withdrawal bill and citizens' rights, no one has managed to come up with a workable solution to the Irish border issue that both the UK and Irish governments can agree to. If we are honest, it is difficult to see how Westminster can deliver something that Ireland can accept and so we have a stalemate.

The focus of ''Team Leo'' to date has been to over-spin short-term developments as big political wins and in doing so, he has failed to give a true and accurate picture of the genuine state of play of the Brexit negotiations.

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