Chaos in Westminster sees prospect of hard Brexit recede

Squaring Border circle remains one of the most intractable elements of negotiations

Politics in Britain "lacks credibility" according to former taoiseach Enda Kenny who was in Dublin to receive "Ireland’s European of the Year" award for 2018.

The good news for Ireland from this week’s drama in the House of Commons is that thanks to Theresa May’s deal with the sensible wing of the Conservative Party the prospect of a no-deal Brexit now seems remote at best. Given the many twists and turns in the Brexit process to date, nothing can be totally ruled out but it would appear that the United Kingdom is heading in the direction of a soft Brexit.

However, even if the doomsday scenario looks to be off the table there is still huge uncertainty about the precise nature of the deal that will ultimately emerge and the Irish Government will have some difficult calls to make in the months ahead.

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