Noel Whelan: The British government is dangerously out of its depth

For Ireland, Brexit is like being tethered to a climber who is panicking before a fall

Anti-Brexit campaigners  outside the Houses of Parliament in  London on December 17th. Photograph: Getty Images

Anti-Brexit campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament in London on December 17th. Photograph: Getty Images

Last weekend Harry McGee, political correspondent of this parish, wrote a personal piece about how he broke his back after a serious fall while rock climbing in Dalkey Quarry during the summer. In a follow-up interview with RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke on Tuesday, Harry described vividly the moment, about four meters up from the ground, when he realised that something had gone wrong.

He got into difficulties putting some gear into the cliff, and then says “I did what you shouldn’t do – I started to panic” .

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