Kenny calls for United Ireland provision in Brexit deal

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny was speaking today about some provisions he would like to see in any Brexit deal which included a deal that would see Northern Ireland back in the EU should the electorate decide to vote for Irish unity.

Outlining his position he said;

“In other words, that in such future time, whenever that might be, were it [reunification] to occur, that the north of Ireland would have ease of access to join as a member of the European Union again … We want that language inserted into the negotiated treaty, the negotiated outcome, whenever that might occur

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  • Croiteir

    The border is the highest, most defended, most disruptive and most divisive wall of them all. With it in place it causes, allows and maintains the others. Until it and its poisonous influence goes the rest will always be there. Without it there to feed them they will whither and die “organically”.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    I apologise in advance for your impending disability as i am much taken by the term and shall (frugally) utilise it.

    Remember, each knee cap removed is a testament to your word-forging skills, Bohemians everywhere will be jealous!

  • file

    It will do for a less than ideal world, and there will be no unionists in a united Ireland as there will be no union to be unionist about. There will be orange and green though, and, after a while, white. There would need to a successful referendum to change the flag, and that is not going to happen.

  • Kevin Breslin

    I think Nelson forgets his North Belfast constituency voted Remain, and they risk losing votes to the likes of the PUP and UUP who are not cheerleading Brexit at all costs or maybe Alliance and the SDLP instead.

    Does Nelson want to ratchet back to the time he was part of an Ulster Separatist Movement?

    Is that how he plans to get Northern Ireland out ot the problems caused by the non-locals … out of Europe, out of a United Ireland, even out of a United Kingdom … doing its own thing.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “The Invention of Tradition”, Croiteir….

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invented_tradition

    Parvenu when compared to the long eveloved traditions of the “nation” itself! Have you encountered Hiram Morgan’s brillient review of Brendan Bradshaws collection of Essays, “And so began teh Irish Nation”:

    http://www.historyireland.com/book-reviews/began-irish-nation-nationality-national-consciousness-nationalism-pre-modern-ireland/

    Brendan’s first essay contains a most informed critique of Richard English’s claim that “Irish Nationality” only began in the late eitheenth century. He displays the existence of a strong national consciousness from at least the Tudor conquest. Compelling raeding (although only the most committed can run to the £75.00 face price!)

  • SeaanUiNeill

    The south’s problems were hardly helped by the interwar policies of the British Government, but as you say careful and intellegent management across decades has paid of and ensured a higher standard of living while the north has stagnated in being clasified almost unconsciously by Westminster as peripheral (with negative qualities evident in Edwin Ardener’s critique of classification as a “Remote Area”). I simply cannot see this dismissal of NI even being reversed by any British government, although breaking the dreary pattern of this perennial failure to grow an economy here is so clearly in the collective interest of any future re-unified Ireland.