Eilis O'Hanlon: Brexit is blamed for raising the unionist bogey of Irish unity. But what if leaving the EU is not that bad? Or... whisper it... what if it's actually a success? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk If there was a border poll tomorrow, the chances are that I'd vote in favour of Irish unity. My children and I have also informed their English-born father that, despite insisting he wouldn't vote in any united Ireland referendum, because he doesn't think it's any of his business, we'll be locking him in a cupboard under the stairs like Harry Potter for the day, just in case he's tempted to sneak out when we're not looking and vote the "wrong" way. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/eilis-ohanlon-brexit-is-blamed-for-raising-the-unionist-bogey-of-irish-unity-but-what-if-leaving-the-eu-is-not-that-bad-or-whisper-it-what-if-its-actually-a-success-37642661.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/article37642659.ece/383ea/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-20_opi_46670669_I1.JPG Email … [Read more...] about Eilis O’Hanlon: Brexit is blamed for raising the unionist bogey of Irish unity. But what if leaving the EU is not that bad? Or… whisper it… what if it’s actually a success?
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A no deal Brexit means the UK would leave the European Union (EU) immediately on March 29, 2019, and there would be no agreement in place about what their relationship would be in the future. Prime Minister Theresa May has brokered a proposed withdrawal agreement - not yet a deal - but it's unpopular with almost everyone in the House of Commons and it is very unlikely it will be passed when MPs come to vote on it on January 14. It looks like there is a good chance the UK will be leaving the EU with no deal in place so the Mirror has looked through the government's documents revealing 21 ways a No Deal Brexit is likely to affect you. 1. You need to renew your passport early At the moment, British citizens can enter 'Schengen area' countries with a valid passport even if they only have a day left before they expire. But in a no deal Brexit, after 29 March 2019 you may not be able to travel to these countries if you have less than six months left on your passport. The government is … [Read more...] about Here are the 21 ways you could be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
During the EU referendum campaign Nigel Farage predicted a “domino effect” of other countries leaving the EU if Britain departed the bloc. To be blunt, there is no sign of that happening. On Tuesday, the Netherlands produced a nice example of the way Brexit has gone down in other European countries. Prime minister Mark Rutte, usually thought of as a friend of the UK, took out a full-page newspaper advert warning his people to pay attention to the “chaos” over the North Sea in Britain. Far from setting an example for other breakaway states to follow, Britain’s withdrawal is a cautionary tale to the continent – where the narrative is one of a once-respected nation making a fool of itself. Even the most rebellious EU member states, led by right-wing populists, are not planning to leave. When the Hungarian foreign minister was asked on British radio recently whether his country would consider leaving the EU – given its constant skirmishes with … [Read more...] about Has Brexit trashed any chance of other countries leaving the EU?
THANKS to Theresa May’s feeble negotiations, EU leaders have never seriously believed Britain would end up “crashing out”. It was bottom of their list of likely Brexit outcomes. Now it is back in play — and they are paying attention. Asked by a major pro-Brexit industrialist how Brussels might respond, I am told a rattled German official replied: “We would re-open negotiations immediately.” Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt broke cover as the first senior minister to publicly back a Full British Brexit — precisely what 17.4million voters ordered more than two years ago. “I’ve always thought even in a No-Deal situation that this is a great country,” he said. “We’ll find a way to flourish and prosper. We’ve faced much bigger challenges in our history.” It was a shrewd move by the ambitious Foreign Secretary. Leaving the EU without a deal has suddenly become a hot favourite with Brexit leadership rivals. It is … [Read more...] about No Deal Brexit is our best chance of leaving the EU and delivering what voters actually want — as British jobs miracle is the envy of Europe
Robert Tombs 15 December 2018 9:00 AM 15 December 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp None of us can predict the potential fallout from Brexit, good and bad. What began as a vote of confidence in our institutions has shown them to be dangerously fallible. A country where people usually rub along together is now marked by a cultural and emotional rift. If Brexit does continue to dominate our politics for years, will it mean a reform of our institutions, or a battening down of the hatches by a beleaguered elite? Will the House of Lords, having alienated its natural defenders, at last be seriously reformed? Shall we try to restrain the dangerously capricious powers of prime ministers? Shall we empower local government? Both Brexiteers and Remainers will be in a rather militant mood. Outside constitutional matters, I can see two areas in which Brexit should be in the best sense challenging. The first is our policy towards the outside … [Read more...] about Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste