Slow Brexit re­sponse

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

WA­TER charges are not the only area in which Leo Varad­kar’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is found to be want­ing in terms of plan­ning.

Its re­sponse to the Brexit vote has been less than im­pres­sive. Yes­ter­day’s warn­ing from Fine Gael grandee Alan Dukes is de­serv­ing of at­ten­tion.

The for­mer party leader in­sists it is a ‘cer­tainty’ that there will be a hard bor­der on this is­land when Britain ul­ti­mately leaves the EU. Whether that turns out to be the case or not, only time will well. But it is cer­tainly a strong pos­si­bil­ity and, ac­cord­ingly, is an is­sue that de­mands im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion at the high­est level.

The im­pact of a hard bor­der on our trade with the North could be calami­tous. The sooner our Taoiseach starts work­ing on con­tin­gency plans, the bet­ter.

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