Ray Kinsella, a former economics professor and an occasional opinion writer, is a bit of an odd sort. On some social issues, abortion and gender recognition, he leans comfortably to the right, while on some economic ones, austerity and the environment, he leans to the left. I have seen conservatives and liberals alike quote his articles with some approval over the last several years. However, his antipathy to the European Union, and the paucity of democratic control by sovereign governments over its institutions, has led him to embrace an Irish version of the Brexit madness currently gripping the United Kingdom.
…what the UK is exiting is not Europe, but what Europe has become…
It is a hegemonistic and increasingly militarised political behemoth, controlled by Germany and, to a lesser extent, by a Franco-German identity of interests. Europe is bound together by an oppressive dependency on the centre.
And the answer to European or German hegemony?
Brexit means Ireland, which shares a common stance on key issues with the UK, is left marginalised, peripheral and dependant.
Facing into a post-Brexit scenario it’s clear that we cannot look to Europe to advocate Ireland’s national interests.
Are Ireland’s national interests best served by being irrevocably integrated into this kind of Europe – one which would fossilise the Border across the island, put at risk our future relationship and multiple linages with our nearest neighbour including an EU-imposed “hard Brexit”.
Alternatively, would the national interest be better served by a “managed Irexit”, alongside Brexit?
Realistically, the so-called Irexit option would require a post-EU Ireland to enter into some kind of a politico-economic relationship with the UK (as implied above). This is simply a new title for an old refrain, one printed in the pages of the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent newspapers for three decades. A Free State 2.0 subservient to an Empire 2.0 across the Irish Sea.