Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: Monoglot Ireland will be at loss post-Brexit

Tight links to Anglosphere have blinded Ireland to other political and trade avenues

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Britain’s Brexit breakdown, like all good horror shows, leaves you repulsed yet somehow unable to avert your eyes.

Ireland is wedged into the best seat in the house – the penetration of British media here allows us, or forces us, to follow every turn in the grim spectacle more closely than most Europeans – but our view of it is shaped by two home-grown impulses. The first, naturally, is concern at the potential consequences of the British decision for economic life on the island.

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