Your headline, ‘Brexit calling time on the rural Irish pub’ (Irish Examiner,November 25) gave me a wry smile, knowing that, within walking distance here in urban Maidenhead, The Crown has shut down, The Farmer’s Boy is being demolished, while the Craufurd Arms has survived by becoming a community-owned pub — and none of this has much to do with Brexit.
However, if there really has been any Brexit effect on pubs in rural Ireland, then the recollection of your notorious headline from November 15, 2018:
‘Brexit: Victory in Dublin, chaos in London after draft Brexit deal reached’ prompts the thought that the unnecessary difficulties the Irish Government has placed in the way of an amicable withdrawal agreement may have induced some British tourists to take their custom elsewhere.
On December 5, 2017, the editor was kind enough to publish my letter suggesting to quote:
“... it would be quite pointless for the UK to even try to negotiate any ‘deep and special’ trade relationship with the EU when one of its continuing member states is adopting such an absurd, extreme and intransigent position and has been foolishly awarded an effective veto on any agreement ...” and regretting that our two countries were at odds over this, but: “...
“It is unfortunate that our two countries should be at odds about this, but bear in mind that we in the UK are merely making use of the new ‘exit clause’ which was inserted into the EU treaties by the Lisbon Treaty, a treaty which the Irish Government supported so strongly that it forced the Irish people to vote a second time and get the correct answer.”
D R Cooper