1. Exquisite Tweets from @APHClarkson, @kevinhorourke

    PreoccupationsCollected by Preoccupations

    Fascinating report with an inside view as to why the Irish government decided to play hardball with Davis and May over Brexit
    @davidallengreen @IanDunt @jonhenley
    twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/s…

    Tony Connelly @tconnellyRTE
    The Brexit Veto: How and Why Ireland raised the Stakes via @RTENewsNow rte.ie/news/analysis-…

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    Alexander Clarkson

    If @tconnellyRTE is anything to go by it is remarkable how many Irish signals May and Davis missed before Varadkar and Coveney took out the hammer

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    Alexander Clarkson

  2. IRL has been signaling publicly and clearly for months. HMG and - with several honorable exceptions- much of the UK commentariat decided not to take this seriously.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    They also decided to assume that repeated European Council statements on border were not serious.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    So now here we are in late November and it seems that yet another deadline will be missed. Though would be happy to be proved wrong.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    2 key HMG misjudgments (at least) a factor here. Both reflect their deep seated Europhobia.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    1. The EU only cares about money. How often have we heard oh so worldly wise commentators assure us that money was the only Stage 1 issues that really mattered?

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    2. In the EU only the big 2 matter, a small country like IRL will inevitably be bullied into submission.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Wrong, and wrong again. And wiser heads in FO surely understand what Brexiteers don’t. By becoming a 3rd country UK is placing itself in position where any one of 27 countries, some very small, can deny UK a deep relationship with world’s largest market.

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