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Please don’t go’: the Republic of Ireland is afraid of a Brexit


Living in Ireland in the long term, you will notice an ambivalent relationship with the United Kingdom: in the pubs, copies of the 1916’s rebel constitution framed alongside portraits of English soccer clubs, in the public debate the understanding to the demands of the decolonized world and the long-standing alliance with London, when it comes to European policies. The referendum of June 23rd is attracting increasing interest across all of Europe, but, when you consider Ireland, to count all the changes that would result from a redefinition of the UK's role in the EU looks a daunting task.

Living in Ireland in the long term, you will notice an ambivalent relationship with the United Kingdom: in the pubs, copies of the 1916’s rebel constitution framed alongside portraits of English soccer clubs, in the public debate the understanding to the demands of the decolonized world and the long-standing alliance with London, when it comes to European policies. The referendum of June 23rd is attracting increasing interest across all of Europe, but, when you consider Ireland, to count all the changes that would result from a redefinition of the UK’s role in the EU looks a daunting task.

The Irish government stresses its respect for the British people’s choice, but it is also stating, among growing anxiety, the Dublin stance: that the UK and the rest of the community hugely benefit from the continuity in the commitment to Europe. Just a few days ago, on June 16th, the Minister for Finance of the Republic of Ireland, Michael Noonan, has pointed out that, even in case of a Brexit, Ireland will back keeping its neighbour in the common market, while his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, had stated that in case of a ‘Leave’ vote, the UK could no longer benefit from access to the European single market (unlike Norway and Switzerland, that have never been a members of the EU).

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