Punishing Ireland’s economy will backfire on Brexiters

  • In 1953, when Winston Churchill was prime minister for the last time, 91 percent of Irish exports went to the UK. Today, that figure is 11 percent and falling
  • Part of the Irish strategy in joining the European Economic Community was to break its dependency on the UK, seeking new markets in richer, continental Europe. And Ireland has been far more successful in diversifying from the UK than the UK has been in diversifying from Ireland
  • Strangling Ireland would hurt UK business much more than the other way around
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