On directly opposite sides of the world to one another, Phil View in New Zealand and me here in the UK, noticed yesterday morning an article published in Brexit Central by Dr Ray Bassett, author of politico-economic papers on Ireland, membership of the EU and Brexit, and UK think-tank Policy Exchange’s Senior Fellow on EU Affairs.
Having a lot to catch up online I ran off a hard-copy to read at leisure whilst munching lunch and then replied to his comment on NI-Eire Update #13,
“I note especially, Bassett’s inference that supports my repeated supposition that Eire will be better joining UK & NI outside EU.”
Ray’s credentials are impressive. Having served on ‘the Irish Government Talks Team during the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement negotiations (later) as Irish Joint Secretary to the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference in Belfast, 2001-2005 (then) headed up the Irish Consular Service and the Irish Abroad Unit (dealing with relations with the Irish Diaspora). Prior to retiring, he was Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas for six years.’
In reading Ray’s insights into the current Irish and British political situations with the EU, my attention was caught mid-way by:
‘…Meanwhile, our recent guest, the US President, is leaving nobody in any doubt about his support for a true Brexiteer in power in London. A future trade deal between a fully independent UK and the USA, coupled with trade wars between Washington and Brussels, is the stuff of nightmares for Ireland.
‘The London consultancy firm Primary Access, in analysing Irish investment abroad and Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland, stated that “Ireland has €93bn committed to the US, and €88bn to the UK in direct investment abroad; the comparable numbers for France and Germany are €4.4bn and €3.1bn respectively. The same pattern repeats in terms of inward direct investment. The US has €179bn, and the UK €58bn invested in Ireland; France has €15bn and Germany €5bn”.
‘As I have stated on many previous occasions, Ireland’s economic connections with mainland Europe are overwhelmingly those of the multinational (mainly American) companies located within the Republic.
‘If the international climate changes and these companies no longer feel comfortable in Ireland, we will be left with precious little else. In the meantime, our two closest economic and cultural partners, our neighbours to the west and east, as well as home to the majority of our diaspora, will have moved on without us…’ (emphases mine).
So you may readily understand why I was reminded of my personal opinion since 2012, as shared herein, that the Lord may want the WHOLE of the British Isles disconnected from the EU and to become fully independent, either as distinct entities of The United Kingdom & Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland, or as a harmonious politico-economic entity like Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Therefore, you may wish to read in full Ray Bassett’s The Irish Government’s Brexit policy is in tatters and its bluff is now being called.
See Prophecy Update #13 for full listing of Updates with Background.