Ireland must blink first in game of chicken

Ireland must blink first in game of chicken
Theresa May and Leo Varadkar: a cordial relationship on the surface, but press reports have suggested otherwise Picture: Getty

We were wrong to insist on the backstop - and softening our stance is the only way to prevent ‘no deal’

You shall reap what you sow, the Old Testament states. Today, in the wake of the European Council meeting and the House of Commons debate, the Irish government and people face potentially a no-deal outcome to Brexit. While the primary blame must lie in the ham-fisted way Theresa May has conducted the Brexit negotiations, there is no doubt but that Dublin has greatly contributed to its own misfortune with its very misguided policies on Brexit. Hopefully, we will not reap too sour a harvest from this miscalculation.

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