Tuesday May 26, 2020

Bated breath on Brexit for the Irish in Britain

Britain’s exit from the European Union has the potential to create problems for the country’s huge Irish community on a scale not witnessed since the bad old days of IRA bombings

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

24th March, 2019
An Irish father and daughter at the 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade in central London: ‘We’re all watching to see what normal looks like. But that’s the lot of migrant communities. We’re pretty resilient’ PA

The tensions in Anglo-Irish relations over Brexit have had a real impact on the 400,000-strong Irish community living in Britain. Many of them report being verbally abused in the street or on public transport due to the Irish government’s insistence on keeping the backstop in place in the Withdrawal Agreement.

“We’ve fielded a few calls on it because, somehow, we’re seen as the fly in the Brexit ointment,” said Brian Dalton, chief executive...

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