“There’s no doubt that many believe the UK has shot itself in Ireland’s foot”

Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, John McGrane, in this piece in the Irish Times is taking a helicopter view of the need to think beyond the moment in terms of achieving the best outcome for Ireland post Brexit, in terms of e.g relationships, financial services, trade and tourism.

Pointing out that “there’s no doubt that many believe the UK has shot itself in Ireland’s foot” he goes onto say

“We don’t need somebody to lose for us to win. We don’t need to define ourselves in terms of our relationship with anyone else, whether the UK, the US or the EU. The reality is that Ireland needs to be strong enough to manage – and contribute positively to – multiple sets of distinct relationships and we have the ability to be excellent at them all. Sixty years on from the Whitaker era, it’s useful to consider what we would want said in 60 years’ time about the choices we get to make now. Let us choose well.”