Much has been said about the consequences of Brexit on Ireland. However, far too little attention has been given to the threats posed to Ireland by continued EU membership. This blog post provides a primer on how EU membership has benefited Ireland so far, and how these benefits cannot last if Ireland remains a member state.
In recent travels and public statements, Ireland’s new Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar has made clear he is no friend of Brexit. By toying with brinkmanship he betrays a shallow appreciation for his nation’s historically close relationship with the UK. Rather than cross his arms and lament the democratic choice of Britons, Varadkar needs to mature as a political representative and deal with his neighbours in good faith.