Letter to the Editor: English people push home democratic decision of 2016

Boris Johnson has won a decisive victory.

Letter to the Editor: English people push home democratic decision of 2016

Boris Johnson has won a decisive victory.

It is interesting to watch media reaction, including our own.

Shock, horror, disbelief, and barely disguised denial that, despite the best efforts of many of the most prominent journalists and broadcasters, English people, and it was mainly English people, decided to push home their democratic decision of 2016 to leave the EU.

Some highbrow journalists will no doubt be in therapy for some time, incredulous that an ignorant populous should have a veto on how liberal intellectuals decide they are governed.

Those who wished for a “hung parliament for Christmas” are badly disillusioned but it is likely that before long they will be very grateful they did not get what they wanted.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar fortunately came to his senses some months back and ditched the “backstop”, which began to heal the bitter rift that was developing between our countries.

The meeting between Leo and Boris set in motion the renegotiated agreement between the EU and Britain which will form the basis for long-term trade agreement.

What over the previous three years had become the most overused word in these islands has hardly been mentioned since.

The EU is desperately in need of trade agreement with Britain as Germany goes into recession, France is in the throes of major internal strife, Spain can’t form a stable government, and Italy is bursting at the seams to instigate an “Italexit” of its own.

It will be very fortunate for Ireland to have a near neighbour with its own currency and freedom to do its own thing to protect its people from the ravages of economic upheaval which is inevitable throughout the world.

Old economic ideology of “growth” is inadequate to manage and deal with technological economics of abundant “sufficiency”.

When the worst happens, it is hoped the UK will become our good friend again.

Padraic Neary


Co Sligo

This reader's opinion was first published in the print edition of the Irish Examiner on December 14, 2019

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