Republic biting the hand that feeds it

Well it is Chuckle Brothers time again in the form of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 2:10 am
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The latter is the man of a trillion air miles, swanning around like a poor man’s Henry Kissinger, uttering nothing constructive but sewing the seeds of discord between the north and south of this island.

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Now the Taoiseach, not to be outdone, has taken to the airlines spouting rhetoric that Northern Ireland should stay in the single market and customs union thereby being subject to EU laws after the UK has left. Supporting the Chuckle Brothers act we have Irish EU Agricultural commissioner Paul Hogan threatening that Dublin will play tough if its demands are not met.

Considering that Britain is Ireland’s most important European trading partner, buying 40% of its food and agricultural products last year, this is surely a classic case of biting the hand that feeds you. It is inconceivable that these men in the most responsible positions in Ireland fail to understand that the UK in 2019 is leaving the single market and customs union, ending free movement and restoring British law, regardless of their mindless diplomacy.

Wilson Burgess, Londonderry