06 April 2017, The Tablet

Caught in the wake of Brexit

Ireland’s future in Europe


I have just returned from Dublin, where I met academics, politicians and journalists who expressed cold fury at being ignored and treated as if non-existent by the UK government in London. The victory of English nationalism has unleashed Scottish and Sinn Fein Northern Irish nationalisms and I felt a palpable sense of clocks being turned backwards.

This has been largely ignored by the commentators in the UK press, especially the pro-Brexit papers, and in other European capitals. Yet the Republic of Ireland is the EU member state most directly affected by Brexit, as the economies of Ireland and the UK are effectively one.

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