We shouldn’t fear to talk about Irexit, but it is still a bad idea

Brexit is forcing us to rethink our relationship with both the UK and the EU

A protester  takes part in an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

A protester takes part in an anti-Brexit demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

On May 10th, 1972, What Do I Do by Sandie, Joe and the Dixies was top of the Irish charts, and it was the day the electorate faced the question of whether Ireland should join the European Economic Community (EEC). Across the country, 70.9 per cent of the electorate cast their ballots, which remains the highest percentage turnout for an Irish referendum. By a resounding 83 per cent, voters in the Republic answered Yes to Europe. There and then, it was clear what Ireland should do.

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