On the British reaction to the Irish insistence that Britain’s proposed Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union must include a backstop guarantee, this report from Nicholas Watt, the political editor with the BBC’s daily Newsnight show, says it all really:
A Tory grandee recently sidled up to me to express grave reservations about the Brexit process.
“We simply cannot allow the Irish to treat us like this,” the former minister said about the negotiating tactics of the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
The Conservative MP was exasperated that the Republic of Ireland (population: 4.8m) has been able to shape the EU negotiating stance that has put such pressure on the UK (population: 66m).
“This simply cannot stand,” the one-time moderniser told me. “The Irish really should know their place.”
The remarks explained why Conservatives from both sides of the Brexit divide are so troubled by the negotiations.
In other words, “Croppies lie down“.