Wednesday July 8, 2020

The crash-out scenario: it’s time to discuss how much we have to lose

The government seems reluctant to overstate the risks of a no-deal Brexit, but the dangers are all too real

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

14th July, 2019
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: ‘The government and the EU have made noises about doing whatever it takes to protect the Irish economy . . . but there is still no detail on how much help will be available in the event of a crash-out’ Pic: PA

Just over 80 years ago, Éamon de Valera demanded talks with the British government to end partition on the island of Ireland. He was under pressure from his own Fianna Fáil party to act, but the response from the unionist community was predictable.

Lord Craigavon responded by calling an early general election, and won more seats. As David McCullough outlined in Rule, the second volume of his de Valera biography, that 1938 general...

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