Until yesterday I had no intention of writing about a rancorous experience I had with some pro-Brexit visitors from the United Kingdom at a recent two-day business meeting in Dublin. Then I read this extraordinary interview in the UK’s hard-right tabloid newspaper, The Express, with Andrew Bridgen, a controversy-prone MP from the ascendant europhobic wing of the ruling Conservative Party in London, discussing future Irish attitudes to the European Union:
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Bridgen said: “Despite the fact that it is a 96 percent of Irish people claims currently to support the European Union and I think that support will rapidly decline.
“The Republic of Ireland is only going to be four and a half million people. They will be one percent of the EU population.
“They will be the only English speaking nation left in the European Union when we have left.
“They are out in…
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