There is no point in stopping Brexit unless we also join the Euro

“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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