Brexit still on course – a statement from Anthony Coughlan (Dublin)


Genuine democrats and EU-critics everywhere will welcome the news that Brexit is still on the way following the decision of the European Council of Prime Ministers and Presidents to move to the next stage of the EU/UK negotiation, i.e. on the two-year withdrawal period and the post-withdrawal trade agreement between the UK and the EU.

If there had been a failure to move the negotiation to Phase 2, ultra-Europhiles and Eurofanatics everywhere would have been delighted.

The European Council decision of the other day means that the hopes of such people that they can stop Brexit are significantly diminished, although they will continue to hope on and still do all they can to  attempt to derail the process.

The less EU-besotted amongst Irish policy-makers and media commentators will now have to start thinking for the first time whether it is really a good idea for this State to attempt to remain in an increasingly federalizing EU when 1.8 million of our fellow-countrymen and women  in Northern Ireland will be leaving it.

They will need to ask themselves do they want to be responsible for a new Partition of Ireland!

If the EU/UK negotiation leads to a meaningful Brexit, which means that the UK as a whole will leave the EU single market and customs union at the end of the UK Government’s proposed two-year transition/implementation period, as now looks probable, ONE CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THE REPUBLIC WILL FOLLOW THE UK OUT OF THE EU IN TIME  because the drawbacks of the Irish State seeking to stay in the EU when the UK leaves will become so obvious and be so painful that the Irish public will come to demand nothing less.

However, wishful thinking is still likely to prevail widely in the Republic for some tine and among those “Remain” supporters everywhere who seek to overthrow last year’s democratic UK referendum result  –  in particular the hope that Brexit can still be frustrated in the Westminster Parliament or by a change of UK Government during the negotiations; or that at the end of the day the softest of “soft” Brexits will mean that the UK will effectively remain under EU supranational  jurisdiction.

Genuine democrats everywhere will  now wish UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Government every success as they move to implement a meaningful Brexit that gives citizens of the UK democratic control of their own law-making once again and removes them from the EU single market and customs union.

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  1. Adam HileyReply

    Ireland should remove that idiot Leo Varadker and follow Britain out as well You don’t have to rejoin Britain join the Commonwealth instead

  2. Phil JonesReply

    Ireland won’t be far behind the UK in leaving — though Poland or Italy may precede it. The EU’s days are numbered without the British paying in. Germany will be the only major payer nation — and the Germans won’t put with that for long. Germans would love to have a European empire modelled on their work ethic — but not at unlimited cost. I’ve followed the EEC and EU all my long life, and from the very start I could never see so many diverse cultures and languages being unifiable. It would work only in a positive economic environment where the ‘have-nots’ could see gains and the ‘haves’ would give generously toward a dream. But the dream has become a nightmare as the centralization got to the tipping point where both the ‘have-nots’ and ‘haves’ had to make the transition to compromising on retention of their cultures and languages — and in a continuing time of economic hardship. The elites will push on, decrying the innate nationalism existing in all those who are proud of the history of their ancestors, but it will just get more and more difficult without the generous payouts of the past. The EU’s time is limited. The EU is even now losing its support among Germans and when the train’s engine loses its steam, the unification dream is over.

  3. Gordon WebsterReply

    Come on Dublin, you joined because we joined, now leave with us. Why the Republic are still clinging to this European Soviet I will never understand. Bernard Connolly makes clear that the European Central Bank, and Brussels, slapped Ireland in the face over their ERM problems, and we know they did the same when the Irish Banks needed help. Why cleave to false friends, when they treat you with such contempt.

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