RTE Prime Time: UK’s invocation of Article 50 puts Ireland in a double bind…

Last night Prime Time on RTE ran this little piece on Brexit and what it might mean for Ireland (ie, the Republic). The found two former Irish diplomats to take opposing views of how it should be played.

But in truth Ireland is in a tough place, either way. If the British cannot control the outcomes, it’s even more difficult for the Irish government who although they will be inputting into the EU are only one out of 27.

They have strong motivation to see that the deal is not too punative, they also have a duty to make sure that ‘membership has benefits’. It won’t be an easy 18 months ahead (the last six months under A50 is set aside for ratification).

We’ve had 9 months of a phoney war, one which I’ve been self-consciously stepping back from most of the largely idle speculation.  That’s not going to change immediately, but as always we will try to bring you the relevant stuff as and when it happens.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty