The Irish Handmaiden Of The EU
The United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union exactly like that, as the United Kingdom. The argument that “Northern Ireland voted Remain so should remain” is totally redundant as it is one constituent part of the United Kingdom. However, many within the EU – (and in recent times, particularly some in the Republic of Ireland) are unable to accept the democratically expressed wishes of the majority of the British people. Over 17 Million people made it quite clear at the ballot box that their wish was to be part of an independent United Kingdom; free of EU interference. Democrats respect this wish.
For some time, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have been drawing ever closer, with some of us even hopeful that the Irish would one day re-join the Commonwealth and perhaps at some point in the future; the United Kingdom itself. Unfortunately, the current Irish Prime Minister has set himself on a course to undo all of the efforts the two jurisdictions have put into working together.
Leo Varadkar, for selfish reasons, is using Northern Ireland as a bargaining chip; acting as a handmaiden of the EU.
Perhaps it is time that Mr Varadkar was reminded of the importance of the United Kingdom to the Ireland when it comes to trade and other less visible earnings -such a tourism. The value of Irish exports to the UK is at its highest level ever. Even to its neighbour Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic exports around one third more than it imports.
If the Irish continue to do the heavy-lifting for their EU masters and end up with a hard-border; they will have no-one but themselves to blame. Ultimately, who would pay for such a venture? Perhaps President Trump could advise…..
Switzerland and Norway are both successfully outside the EU, yet border arguments are in place for what we must presume are mutually beneficial reasons. One would expect, under normalised relations – an accommodation can be worked out between UK and ROI.
Thankfully perhaps, there is now a growing rumbling within the politics of the Irish Republic that Leo Varadkar could soon find himself out of office; perhaps to the benefit of the United Kingdom and perhaps Ireland’s future relationship with the Independent UK.
There has in general terms been very little progress to date in these Brexit negotiations. UKIP’s Leader, Henry Bolton proclaimed that “Brexit means total exit” and we should be “Out Now.” Mrs May once said that “no deal is much better than a bad deal.” The question must now be asked; Is offering whatever absurd amount of money the EU demands conducive to a good deal? Perhaps this concept is lost on the Prime Minister.