Pat Leahy: We will miss the British when they’re gone

Europe on verge of another big period of change that may not work to Ireland’s advantage

France and Germany may set a course for destinations in areas like tax where the Irish government and the Irish people might not want to go. Photograph: Getty Images

France and Germany may set a course for destinations in areas like tax where the Irish government and the Irish people might not want to go. Photograph: Getty Images

The self-immolation of Britain and its standing in the world as Brexit trundles along the monorail from mistake to farce to tragedy should not cloud Irish judgment: we will miss them when they are gone.

The spectacle of the British government’s management of Brexit has, for those with a clear-eyed view of Irish interests, long since stopped being funny. This week a commentator in the Conservative and Brexit-supporting magazine the Spectator reported that a member of the inner cabinet has taken to warning people that Mrs May’s government’s policy-making on Brexit “looks worse from the inside than the outside”. All you can say is that that is some achievement.

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