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Britain’s Brexit negotiators have fundamentally misunderstood what the EU means to Ireland

Euroscepticism has always coloured Britain's relationship with the EU. But Ireland saw membership as a way to take a new role on the world stage—one they won't relinquish lightly

By Patrick Thompson  

Is it any wonder Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been relatively polite in debates with coalition partners? Photo: PA

Has Britain ever understood the EU? It’s a question which is both fascinating and frustrating.

There are a range of reasons for Britain’s lukewarm engagement with the European project: British exceptionalism, a fixation on the relationship with the United States, poor timing, domestic realpolitiks and arrogance have all played a part. Over forty years ago, when the campaign to…

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