As Brexit approaches, Ireland clings like a limpet to Team EU

Why has there been no serious examination of other alternative strategies?

26th March, 2017
Theresa May with Enda Kenny: our government’s contingency plan for Brexit has left much to be desired Picture: AP

And so, the phoney war period of Brexit is finally to come to an end. The British prime minister, Theresa May, will trigger Article 50 on Wednesday and then the discussions (hostilities?) can commence. It will mark a watershed moment in the history of Britain, Ireland and the European Union.

Article 50 will be the signal for the EU to finalise its own negotiating position. The European Council will meet to approve a mandate for EU...

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