James Brokenshire may be determined, but is he realistic?

The Northern Secretary appears unfazed by Dublin’s tougher attitude on Brexit, and claims Britain still wants to avoid a negative outcome for Ireland when it leaves the EU

27th August, 2017
James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary

Listen to James Brokenshire speak about Brexit long enough, and you can’t help but be impressed by his unbending optimism about how it will all pan out in the end.

The Northern Ireland Secretary was in Dublin last week, where businesses and Irish government ministers in a series of meetings detailed to him their real and lengthy concerns about the catastrophic consequences of Brexit for the island of Ireland.

“A very good, constructive...

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