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From top: Rock, paper,scissors; Tony Groves

I was in Great Britain yesterday. I thought it was Belfast, but the radio blokey-bloke assured me that it was, in fact, Great Britain. It struck me as odd that a local station might would talk in the language of empire.Perhaps, I mused, it was just my little islander mentality and natural dislike of colonialism.

There’s a difficult reconciliation between an economic education and life experiences. Brexit, thus far, has been a disaster. The UK has spent months saying they have a plan. They keep saying the ball is in the EU’s court. Someone might want to tell them that while they’re playing tennis, the EU negotiators are playing chess.

Eurostat, they of Irish Water fame/infamy, have Britain as the worst performing economy in the EuroZone European Union. A GDP growth rate of just 0.2% has Britain rooted to the bottom of the 28 country league table. Even Greece is twice the UK’s rate, at 0.4%.

The OECD has also weighed in on the Britain bashing. They’ve predicted that while things are bad now, they’re likely to get worse. They’ve forecast that Britain will have the lowest growth levels of all the 47 countries they monitor in 2018. They conclude, worryingly, that “the UK faces long-standing decline”.

Even the Bank of England has waded into the mire. They announced yesterday that the rate of inflation, that has already reached 3%, hasn’t yet peaked. This in a country that has had five years of wage stagnation and an inflation target of 2%. Everyone is, in economic terms, poorer.

Throw in the decline in purchasing power of the £ Sterling and you have an economic broth that might kill the patient.

On my drive home yesterday I was listening to the radio. Knowing all of the above and understanding the effects economic decline had on our little country over the last decade, I was taken aback by what I was hearing.

Caller after caller said they were feeling the pinch, but that it was a price worth paying to “take back” their country. The phrase “make Britain great again” came up twice in one 2 minute segment.

An elderly lady, who started on the basis that her pension wasn’t enough to provide the basics anymore, concluded that “I’m very happy with how things are”. Talk about wrapping yourself in the flag!

Another rapscallion said that having just spent £103 to buy €100 that he felt he’d finally taking back his country. The satirists, as always, are our only hope!

Dan Snow quipped this morning that Great Britain was to stride “back onto the world stage by deploying more of our army at home”. This was in reference to UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd, saying troops might be deployed to protect the UK’s borders should no deal materialise.

Who speaks of no deal is better than a bad deal now?

If I was to make a prediction it would be that at the end of March 2019, we will all wake up to the biggest April Fool’s day joke ever. A complete Brexit omnishambles.

The game of Rock, Scissors, Paper is commonly known as Roshambo. We’ve all played it and we all have a strategy. But there’s another laddish version of the game, perhaps not as well known.

In the chest-thumping male version the participants kick each other in the balls and the loser is the guy who takes the longest to get to his feet. Brexit looks a lot like this Roshambo.

Except the EU is up and walking away in a muted and sad victory; while the UK is rolling on the ground, clutching their balls and yelling how this is a great victory for Great Britain.

I hope I’m wrong.

Tony Groves is a full-time financial consultant and part-time commentator. With over 18 years experience in the financial industry and a keen interest in politics, history and “being ornery”, he has published one book and writes regularly at Trickstersworld.

Illustration: Pixaby

This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

European Parliament Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Mental Health European Affairs, Helen McEntee…

Ahead of a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Committees on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, where  Mr Verhofstadt said he wanted to deliver a “message of solidarity” with the Irish people.

“What we will never allow is that Ireland will suffer from the British decision to leave the EU,” he said.

“That is a commitment that has been made by the European parliament and by the EU as a whole.”

He also said the EU must also ensure that there is no return to the past, and to hard borders on our continent “and certainly not to a hard  border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic,” he added.

Verhofstadt tells Dáil EU will not allow Ireland suffer due to Brexit (RTÉ)

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This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP in Dublin for a Meeting with the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD to discuss brexit this afternoon.

Toner’s so.

We are determined To Avoid A Physical Border In ireland (Philip Hammond, Irish Times)

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10, Downing Street, London last month

The Irish Times reports:

Free movement from the European Union into Britain will end in March 2019, Downing Street has said.

… international trade secretary and vocal Brexiteer Liam Fox said unregulated free movement of labour after Brexit would “not keep faith” with the EU referendum result and that the cabinet had not agreed a stance on immigration.

…“The prime minister’s position on an implementation period is very clear and well-known,” he said.

Free movement will end in March 2019. We have published proposals on citizens’ rights. Last week, the Home Secretary said there will be a registration system for migrants arriving post-March 2019.

“Other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course. It would be wrong to speculate on what these might look like or to suggest that free movement will continue as it is now.”

Free movement between EU and Britain ‘to end’ in March 2019 (The Irish Times)

Nat writes:

Tory Brexit troll Daniel J Hannan (top) farts another one out….And it isn’t long before his Irish equivalent McGuirk (above) gets the whiff in his nostrils…

Natasha Browne is right when she says that the decision of the British think tank Policy Exchange to advise Ireland to follow the UK out of the EU demonstrates “the British superiority complex” in feeling they can determine the fate of this country.

The think tank advises that Ireland should consider leaving the EU. It is not quoted as saying we should rejoin the UK but the implication is clear.

After centuries of colonial exploitation, we still have to put up with the neighbouring former imperial power telling us what to do – or else.

It wants us to follow it in tearing up the agreement it signed with its fellow European citizens to join the EU.

The EU represents the cooperation of nearly 30 European democracies in matters of mutual interest. It replaces centuries of imperial and totalitarian conflict in Europe and is the most advanced example of such cooperation in the world.

All Ireland can say to the UK in reply is no, we will not tear up that agreement. But we should also respectfully suggest that the UK should reverse what the UK’s own think tank defines as the “massively damaging” decision to tear it up.

A Leavy,
Dublin 13.


Europe, Brexit, Ireland (Irish Times letters page)

Nat King Coleslaw writes:

So LEAVE.EU calls him an “Irish Diplomat” when, according to Aidan, he’s the “ex Irish Ambassador to Canada and is not currently involved in any govt department, civil service or political group”

So (as Carol Cadwalladr suggests) who’s bankrolling him to get “Irexit” moving?


Ex-ambassador Roy Bassett on Ireland’s links to UK and EU (BBC)