Mc­Carthy mix-up

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — Colm Mc­Carthy (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 7) is seem­ingly sug­gest­ing, that by virtue of com­mon UK mem­ber­ship, the con­ces­sions af­forded the Isle of Man and the Chan­nel Is­lands by the EU could be trans­posed to North­ern Ire­land post-Brexit.

Notwith­stand­ing the fact that they are both Crown Depen­den­cies, with Bri­tish cit­i­zens who are en­ti­tled to Bri­tish pass­ports, nei­ther the Isle of Man nor the Chan­nel Is­lands are part of the UK, and to com­pound mat­ters are not in the EU ei­ther, a sit­u­a­tion which de­barred them from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

Colm will need to cast his net fur­ther afield for con­ces­sion­ary ex­am­ples suit­able for North­ern Ire­land, as none cur­rently ex­ist in the UK. B Robin­son, Daingean, Co Of­faly

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