“Brexit has placed Irexit on the historical agenda,” Dublin’s ‘Irexiteers’ tell UK MPs

“The blame for the Protocol problems rests primarily with Dublin – and the EU,” they say

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In a letter sent to over 60 British MPs by the Republic of Ireland’s “National Platform EU Research and Information Centre”, some important points are made in the run-up to the Conservative leadership election.

Yesterday their spokesman, Anthony Coughlan, who is Associate Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, gave an interview to Facts4EU’s Chairman. He also gave permission for the letter from the Republic’s ‘Irexiteers’ to be made available to a wider audience.

Together with CIBUK.Org – of which Facts4EU.Org is an affiliate member – we are publishing extracts below of the letter they sent last week to UK MPs.

Extracts from a letter from Dublin to UK MPs

Dear [MP]

I am writing from Ireland to you and to some of your fellow Brexiteers in the European Research Group, the DUP and the wider House of Commons to express the hope that Mrs Liz Truss will succeed in her campaign to lead the Conservative Party and become UK Prime Minister.

My colleagues and I in the Republic of Ireland are, as you may know, longstanding opponents of the EU on democratic and internationalist grounds. We would like to make some points relating to Ireland that you may find helpful to Mrs Truss in her campaign.

1. The Northern Ireland Protocol

The Irish Government’s claim that “any checks or controls anywhere on the island of Ireland would constitute a hard border” should be treated with the contempt that it deserves.

You possibly do not know that when Mr Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach here in 2017, he took steps to ensure that an unobtrusive digital border to monitor North-South trade in goods within Ireland could not be established, by closing down fruitful discussions on this topic that were then taking place between the Irish and British Revenue authorities.

These discussions had been initiated by his party predecessor as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Leo Varadkar called them off so as to facilitate the EU’s desire to use the Irish border issue as an excuse to keep the whole of the UK in the EU single market and customs union. This was compounded by the willingness of Mrs Theresa May and her advisers to play along with that objective once she had lost her majority in the 2017 UK general election.

It is important that the incoming Prime Minister understands that the North-South trading issues in the context of the UK leaving the EU while the Republic of Ireland stays in it, can be resolved relatively easily by the two Revenues [HMRC and the Irsih Revenue – Ed.] sitting down together and initiating trusted trader schemes and unobtrusive monitoring covering Irish North-South trade.

They need to know (and it is desirable that Irish public opinion should know) that the blame for the Protocol problems rests primarily with Dublin – and the EU encouraged by Dublin – rather than with London. Mr Varadkar is due to become Irish Taoiseach again next December under the rotating-Taoiseach arrangement that currently exists in the Republic.

2. Ireland is now a net contributor to the EU

Public opinion in the Republic is likely to move in a more EU-critical direction over the next few years, especially if the Northern Ireland Protocol problem is dealt with sensibly, as it can be.

With the UK outside the EU, the costs of EU membership for Ireland now significantly exceed the benefits. Ireland now does more of its foreign trade with the UK and North America together than it does with the continental EU.

Since 2014 it has been a net contributor to the EU budget, having been a net recipient for most of the time since it joined the EEC together with the UK in 1973. While the Republic’s strongly Europhile political class has been hoping up to now that Brexit can be undone, especially by a future UK Labour Government, that hope is now fading. People in the Republic will have to consider seriously in the time ahead whether it makes sense for Ireland to continue as an EU member.

It can presumably never be in Britain’s interest to have the whole of Ireland made part of a federalizing continental EU under German hegemony that now openly aspires to establishing its own army. Irish nationalists who aspire to a future united Ireland, however distant, are gradually having to face up to these facts.

Brexit has placed “Irexit” on the historical agenda. Irexit following Brexit can provide the basis for a future coming-together between Nationalists and Unionists in Ireland, while the support of the Bank of England, as well as of the ECB, will in time be needed to facilitate the early stage of the restoration of an independent Irish pound.

3. Ireland and the euro

The Republic of Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” economic growth rates of 8% a year in the 1994-2000 period were based on a highly competitive exchange rate, not on taxation policy, contrary to what Mr Jeremy Hunt mistakenly contended in his recent tilt at the Conservative Party leadership.

Ireland’s Europhiles threw away the advantage of having an independent currency and exchange rate when they joined the Eurozone. They did this on the naïve assumption that the UK would soon be following them. But that is another story. However, the euro currency now afflicts Ireland with an unsuitable exchange rate.

My colleagues and I hope that these points on Ireland, or some of them, may be of use to you and your colleagues over the coming weeks.

With good wishes,
Yours sincerely

Anthony Coughlan Spokesman, National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
(Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin)

Note : The full letter contains further sections on the UK’s economic situation as well as some very interesting observations regarding the Republic’s approach to the financing of social care. We have not included these above but the full letter will be published by CIBUK.Org tomorrow.


Firstly, we are grateful to Professor Coughlan for his time with our Chairman yesterday and for permission to publish extracts from this letter.

For the purposes of brevity – and our focus for readers on Brexit issues – we have chosen to include only extracts from the full letter. However Professor Coughlan and his colleagues do make some very interesting points on other matters, including on social care. When the full letter is published by CIBUK.Org tomorroiw we will provide a link here.

The Dublin government’s complicity in the atrocity of the N.I. Protocol

We can confirm the veracity of the comments in the letter, regarding Leo Varadkar’s government preventing HMRC and Irish Revenue from reaching a swift solution to the border question. Regular readers will know that we have previously researched and published the evidence on this.

There is no question at all that this was a deliberate act – and a shameful one.

What price ‘Irexit’?

Currently there is no immediate prospect of an ‘Irexit’, that is clear. Having said that, the Republic has changed from being a net beneficiary of EU funding to being a net contributor. Money talks, as they say.

The Republic has also come under significant pressure for its low tax treatment of international corporations such as Google, ostensibly having their European headquarters in Dublin when the profits are being made across the EU and the rest of Europe.

One of the major difficulties for the ‘Irexiteers’ – as Professor Coughlan made clear to Facts4EU.Org’s Chairman yesterday - is media bias in the Republic. This will of course be familiar to Brexiteers in the UK. In the Republic the problem seems to be even worse.

Facts4EU.Org and CIBUK.Org are pleased to be able to promote the cause of the Irish independence movement. There may be a long battle ahead but that was true in the United Kingdom too. Miracles can happen.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sun 31 July 2022

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