TDs emulate ‘Little England’ by rejecting EU-Mercosur deal

TDs emulate ‘Little England’ by rejecting EU-Mercosur deal

Threatening to scupper international trade deals, as the Dáil did last week, is contrary to the interests of an open economy such as ours

It is widely known in Brussels that the Irish government has its sights set on the prominent and powerful trade portfolio in the next European Commission. Trade is much sought-after and is rightly considered a substantive portfolio, where the commissioner has significant influence within the College of Commissioners and plenty of clout on the world stage. For Ireland, a small, open, liberal economy, trade is our economic lifeblood.

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