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TBH I don't believe Ireland even registers with the Tories in comparison with the task of getting anything from the rest of the EU. I appreciate that in Ireland it's a screaming problem that has to be sorted as a matter of urgency, but I doubt that it commands the same attention in Westminster.

While there are cool and wise heads in Westminster, the fact is that Cameron called the referendum in the first place to buy some peace and quiet from his more fractious right wing. Rather than put them in their place, brexit has emboldened them and they now strut around knowing that all major policy flows through them. Yet, there are many in the Conservative party who fundamentally disagree with them.

Most of the time, the disagreements in the Tory party can be papered over, finessed for the greater good. Not now. It's too important because the future of the UK is at stake and there are no obvious paths to economic security. Yet the opposing wings are pulling in different directions.

Theresa May has her hands full dealing with the squabbling children under her feet, let alone worrying about mapping out the path for negotiating with the EU. Ireland is an "any other business" to be dealt with on another day when things aren't so hectic.

It's a mistake, but there's only so many hours in the day and Boris needs burping more often than you'd expect.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 at 08:53:55 PM EST
It is understandable that May is currently pre-occupied with internal Tory politics and trying to come up with a coherent opening negotiating position.  I don't expect Ireland to emerge on the political radar until close to the end of the A. 50 period, and then only when a lot of other subject areas have been closed off by mutually incompatible positions.  Ireland has a very good track record of punching above its weight in EU negotiations - in stark contrast to the UK which often seemed blind to the internal dynamics of other member states. If there is a surprise agreement at the end, expect N. Ireland to be part of it, even if it is a minimalist agreement in other respects.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 at 09:32:36 PM EST
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