O’Driscoll hosts Brexit meeting in Fermoy

Tanaiste Simon Coveney T.D. wishing Fine Gael candidate for Cork East, Pa O'Driscoll, well at last Monday night's Brexit meeting in Fermoy Community Youth Centre. (John Ahern)

Those who campaigned for, and won the Brexit referendum, believe that leaving the European Union will herald a new beginning for the United Kingdom – the majority of voters agreeing that an unshackled Britain, will resume full control over immigration policy, have unrestricted access to its fishing waters, be free from cumbersome regulation and critically, able to sign trade agreements with countries outside the EU – interestingly, all the aforementioned are referenced by Irexit – a recently formed group that seeks to follow Britain out of the European Union.

For many in Britain’s Conservative Party, Brexit was essential in stopping the rot and regaining full and unfettered independence for their country. With regard to the ongoing divorce talks, they (the Brexiteers) argue this process can’t happen quickly enough – as things stand, Britain will formally leave the UK at midnight on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Across the Irish Sea, in a country that spent 700 plus years attempting to divorce itself from the now divorced Britain, there’s close enough to a consensus that Britons got it all wrong and that the former centre of the empire wasn’t thinking straight when its citizens entered the polling booths to make their mark – a point reinforced by our deputy prime minister (Tánaiste), Cork TD, Simon Coveney at last Monday night’s Brexit meeting in Fermoy Community Youth Centre.

“Frankly, we (the Irish Government) think it was a crazy decision, a huge mistake I would say,” Mr Coveney told a 70/80 strong audience.

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