[John Bruton] Republic of Ireland needs experienced people in office to navigate the challenges of 2020, which could be the most consequential year for the century. It wouldn't be in Ireland’s interest to entrust the 2020-Brexit-negotiations to well intentioned, but inexperienced, amateurs.
[John Bruton] Ireland can and must learn from the work of other EU members and, on a case by case basis, take part in joint initiatives in areas like cyber security, threat intelligence, maritime surveillance, drone surveillance, etc.
[John Bruton] The EU’s strategic weight in the world will be reduced by the absence of the UK, as the EU is losing a relatively young, diverse and creative member state.
[John Bruton] A 'Northern Ireland only' backstop would not protect Republic of Ireland's trade with Britain which is more valuable than trade across the border with Northern Ireland.
[John Bruton] If the British alternatives to backstop are all that good, why can they not live with the backstop until the alternatives are agreed?