[John Bruton] The best approach for the EU will be to gradually turn up the heat on the UK so as to give them time to learn that actions have consequences, and the price could be very high.
What Lessons are to be Learned from Article 16 Row?
[John Bruton] The more disharmony there is between the UK and the EU, the greater will be the political problems for both parts of Ireland.
UK’s Sovereignty over Northern Ireland Partially Sacrificed under EU-UK Deal
The latest EU-UK agreement gives the UK more sovereignty over the island of Britain, but loosens a considerable measure of its sovereignty over Northern Ireland.
What does the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement Mean?
The new agreement between the EU and the UK would eventually shape up a system for ensuring fair trading and uninterrupted mutually beneficial business between the two in a post-Brexit Europe.
Brexit Issue in the EU Summit
[John Bruton] Nobody wants a disruptive “No Deal”. But a poorly drafted, last minute, Agreement that, within a year, breaks down in a multitude of legal disputes would be no use.
BREXIT Heading for the Cliff Edge
The Conservative Party, which is driven by a narrative around re-establishing British identity and is quite insensitive to economic or trade arguments, wants Brexit done quickly because it fears the British people might change their minds. That is why there is such a mad rush. It is not rational. It is imperative!
Ireland Needs Experienced People (not Amateurs) in Office to Deal with 2020 BREXIT Negotiations
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.
Brexit is Far from Done. It is Entering its Dramatic Second Act
Can a chaotic "Crash Out" Brexit in December 2020 be avoided?
Brexit: The Era of Easy Decisions is Over
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.
Problems with Boris Johnson’s New Proposals on Irish Backstop
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.
Brexit: Living with Backstop until Alternatives are Agreed
If the British alternatives to backstop are all that good, why can they not live with the backstop until the alternatives are agreed?
New Way Forward on Brexit
How might a New Way Forward on Brexit be uncovered if the Existing Deal is not Accepted?