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Very Apt

Very Apt

 

Brexit is a painful event for me. The reasons why are too many to bore you with.
 
The prospect of Scotland being forced out of the EU on 29th March in a disastrous, no-deal scenario was enough to get me really on edge. My fix was to book a flight to Dublin for that day.
 
Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

My thinking was the whole event would have a slightly better perspective from Ireland , and I know the media reporting there has been intelligent and sophisticated. Then I decided the obvious next step was to cross “the border” the next day, into the North.
 
The possibility of a no deal Brexit meant the road crossing into the Irish part of the UK had the potential to be truly messed up with customs checks, so I booked a seat on the lunchtime train from Dublin to Belfast . Then I organised a flight home from Belfast on the Sunday afternoon.
 
I even managed to find a good ice hockey game to see in Belfast on the Saturday night.

Warm Up

Warm Up


 
So far, so good.
 
Of course almost as soon as I had paid my money, May decided to go for a postponement.
 
Well, in spite of that I had a good time. Dublin was wonderful compared to the misery of Brexit Britain . Brexit will be very damaging for Ireland of course, even if a deal can be done. Everyone I spoke to wanted to know if I am pro-Brexit, and loved it when my vehement anti-Brexit views came out.

Black Stuff

Black Stuff


 
Crossing the open border on the train was a moment to relish. How long will it remain open? Is it about to be an EU 3rd country border, and so subject to all the customs and immigration checks which follow from it?

Glass House

Glass House


 
For those who have never crossed the border, at the moment you do not even know you have crossed it - somewhere between the stations at Dundalk and Newry.
 
I had to wonder what the people in Belfast think about it all. The North voted to remain in the EU. It benefits massively from EU membership. The EU was instrumental in bringing about the Good Friday Agreement, which has produced 20 years of peace after 30 years of violence. London is happy to throw it all down the toilet in exchange for political support from the DUP – who opposed the GFA and want Brexit.

Docklands, Belfast

Docklands, Belfast


 
Well, I had a nice hotel and the ice hockey was good, as was my flight back to Edinburgh .

This featured blog entry was written by IainT from the blog Here, and Sometimes There.
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Posted Wed, Apr 10, 2019 | Ireland | Comments