A question gets frequently asked in relation to Brexit – it always comes from the exit side and is “who is going to build a border with Northern Ireland?”. The argument is this ” Well, what if the United Kingdom declines to impose a hard border with the European Union, well then there’s nothing else to be said. Presumably the European Union could decide to build its own hard border, but that’s their problem?
Would that it was so simple… See below the fold
So Anthony Coughlan, who has opposed the EU since it was the EEC, has a go at arguing for an Irexit. Its in Village Magazine.
Herewith a fisking… Continue reading
Theres still this Irexit notion floating about, like a brown trout in the swimming pool. But look at the data below the line. Continue reading
Friday night is FISKING NIGHT! This week we have another clueless, but no doubt pleasant and earnest brit, opining on why we should come home to mama…
So Ray Kinsella has an op-ed in the Irish Times today advocating Irexit. It’s full of tropes and assertions. Newspapers need to do some basic fact checking. This is the political economy equivalent of a oped calling for the repeal of gravity. My views on Irexit are wll known – see here, here, here. Irexit is proposed by the pale, male, aged, conservatives (I score 2.5, or 3 so I can say that) . It has nothing to do with economics, and in my reading is all to do with a desire to get us back to the good old days of homogeneous Catholic poor but proud Ireland.
So, a-fisking we will go. Ray in Italics. Continue reading
This is one of the madder ideas floating around. But it has a close cousin – Ireland is propped up only by the EU and without its direct hosepipe of cash would collapse.