Fickle EU loves and leaves us

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - EILIS O’HAN­LON

Aplayer is a man who’s re­ally good at mak­ing girls think he’s into them, but then starts mess­ing with their heads and toy­ing with their af­fec­tions. That’s a bit like Ire­land’s re­la­tion­ship with the EU right now. First they love bombed us, send­ing Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Brexit talks, to Dublin to as­sure us that we were spe­cial and that Europe would al­ways be there for us.

Now they turn round and kick us in the teeth by tak­ing Ire­land to the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice to de­mand that we re­cover €13bn from Ap­ple, or else.

Poor old Leo Varad­kar mustn’t know what hit him. The Taoiseach called the move “un­war­ranted”. He called it “ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing”. But you could tell all he re­ally wanted to say was: “Lads, lads, what’s go­ing on? This is me, Leo. I thought we had some­thing spe­cial?”

All he needs next is for Justin Trudeau to stop re­turn­ing his texts, and he’ll never trust any­one again.

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