Fintan O’Toole: The hard-won kinship between Britain and Ireland is threatened by Brexit idiocy

Few understand, or care about for that matter, the existential question concerning the reintroduction of a hard border between Ireland the Northern Ireland. The Irish fear that the EU is selling them down the river as it did when it forced the Irish to pay the debts of its private banks in 2010, allowing the UK not to commit itself to an open border with Ireland.

We at Brave New Europe don’t take a position on Brexit. While we recognise that many dark and odious forces lay behind the Brexit vote, and that the process will inflict significant economic damage on many people, we also know that European institutions and policies typically reflect a strong neoliberal slant – and we launched this project to oppose and change this.  We have sympathy with the anger against European institutions – but we also believe in the principle of European cross-border co-operation and co-ordination in many areas.  Reflecting this complex reality, we will host both pro-Brexit and pro-Remain articles.

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