‘It’s a new era for the Irish’ as Brexit negotiations intensify
A new era is upon us, with the Brexit negotiations at the heart of them.
The Irish Times today publishes a feature on the Brexit process which, in my opinion, should be the beginning of a broader national conversation.
I am delighted that it has been published.
The article is worth reading, but I want to highlight the key points.
First, it is a major victory for those of us in Ireland.
We have been campaigning for the last 12 months to have our rights restored.
That is a matter of absolute urgency and I believe the Irish Government should not give up on this challenge.
Second, it’s important to understand that the UK Government will be in no position to make this happen in the short term, or to hold back.
Third, the EU is still in the process of negotiating a new trade deal with the UK.
The EU, in fact, has not announced a deal with Britain.
Fourth, the UK and EU are still negotiating a withdrawal arrangement.
Fifth, the Irish public have made it clear to the EU that we want a deal that protects the rights of all Irish workers and businesses, including the right to a fair and competitive divorce settlement.
Sixth, it has to be said that the Brexit deal has the potential to be much more robust than any of the negotiations we have had so far.
It’s been a difficult year for the UK, with many Brexit-related issues coming to a head and a range of political, economic and legal uncertainties looming.
But the Irish people have made their voices heard and we will continue to fight for the rights and freedoms of all.
This is the year to show that we will never give up, and we won’t back down.