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David McWilliams: EU is a thing of the past - our future is with an Atlantic Ireland - Independent.ie

Ireland's future is being the location of choice for large companies' supply chains. We are half way between America and Europe and we should keep a foot in both camps. It's really that simple.

Small indigenous Irish business can then service these American companies, creating symbiotic relationships. That's the game plan. Historically, the precedent is the medieval Adriatic city-states of Venice or Dubrovnik or the free-trading Hanseatic cities of the Baltic.

Let's not forget, without multinational investment, Ireland would be Albania with brutal weather. The multinationals have completely transformed the capital base of the country, totally upgraded the type of careers that are available to people here and plugged Ireland into the global economy in a way that is impossible to quantify. In short, they - not the EU - are the key to Ireland's economic modernity. The future is the smartphone, the technology and the Silicon Valley way of looking at the world.

Ask any 20-year-old on the street what means more to him: the iPhone 7 or the EU Commission? I don't ask this facetiously but pose it because one image is the future and the other - with its pompous councils of ministers and briefing papers - is the past.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 31st, 2016 at 08:37:11 AM EST

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