Irish Times (Dublin) 7th December 2017 (within 24 hours of publication the Irish government removed their objections to the UK and EU progressing to trade talks)
That is sadly now changing and being replaced in mainland Britain by rising anger at what is seen as Leo Varadkar’s unwarranted aggression. His proposals are viewed as violating our territorial integrity and seeking to subject us after Brexit to laws created in a foreign country and a court in a foreign land.
When Ireland became an independent, sovereign nation it rejected government by the UK and laws made by our parliament. It is therefore deeply disappointing that the Irish government of all people seems unable to understand this is exactly what the UK is doing by leaving the EU.
No-one wants a hard border. However, we find it incomprehensible that Mr Varadkar is now the main obstacle to the only thing which can prevent that between two independent sovereign countries – a free-trade agreement.
It is a tragedy that peace and goodwill built up over the last 20 years is being jeopardised this way.