No time for triumphalism

No time for triumphalism
Backs to the wall: Theresa May leaves after holding a press conference about her Brexit plans at 10 Downing Street in London last Thursday Picture: PA

With the border backstop safely secured, Ireland’s next move must be to help Britain through the cataclysm of Brexit and resist the temptation to kick it when it’s down

Ireland has won. The border’s backstop is secure. The EU-27 remain steadfastly behind us. The concerns of fewer than five million EU citizens were put ahead of more than 400 million EU citizens during the first part of the Brexit negotiations. As we are about to enter the second part of the negotiations on the future relationship of the EU to Britain, the North is to receive far better conditions than Wales, or Scotland. Theresa May’s deal to create an all-British customs union has a very small chance of making it through Parliament as-is. The next steps are crucial, because they take us, one way or another, into the future.

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