“England’s danger is Ireland’s opportunity” is an old Irish nationalist nostrum. Some see it revived in the pressure which Dublin has exerted upon London over the border in the Brexit negotiations. A few even fear that the unification of Ireland is being pressed, in time for the centenary of partition.
Yet the same parties readily rejoice that “Europe’s danger is Britain’s opportunity”: most recently in the new populist Italian government’s supposed threat to the Eurozone, which they see as allowing London to exert pressure upon Brussels for a better Brexit deal. A few even hope the collapse of the euro could be pressed, on the twentieth anniversary of its creation.
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