EU refuses to accept UK departure

The Irish government is using an opportune moment over the border
The Irish government is using an opportune moment over the border

I view the so-called problem of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland nothing more than the Republic of Ireland using an opportune moment to capitalise on Britain’s/Brexit’s refusal to accept the European Union single market and customs union.

Now the Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union, Northern Ireland is a bona fide member of the UK, hence it is the responsibility of the EU (not Britain’s) to address any Irish border problem (real or imaginary?) that one of its members foresees.

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For a start, Britain imports much more from the Republic of Ireland than it exports to the Republic, hence for anyone holding republican dreams of Ireland’s unification, or who oppose a hard border, must surely realise that any such opposition will endanger Ireland’s exports to Britain.

Not a comforting thought?

Furthermore, Brexit originated after 17+ million British citizens (more than the combined population of Ireland’s 32 counties) democratically voted for the British government to withdraw its membership from the European Union, it is as simple as that.

I find it ironic that both Britain and the European Union pride their claim to being democratic, yet the European Union refuses

to accept Britain’s legal departure from this union. Not much sign of democracy there?

Now I am old enough to remember two world wars, where bitter, inhumane brutality was carried out by opposing enemies.

Today these same opponents share trade as if nothing happened, with its citizens free to travel, leaving all the past behind.

Harry Stephenson, Kircubbin, Co Down