More potential impacts of Brexit on this state… August 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Effectively the report which was confidential and only acquired by FF putting an FOI request in on it, warned of a number of a areas where Brexit impacts negatively on this state. There’s concern over British “plans to develop more nuclear power plants which officials class as a ‘high operational risk'”, there’s fears of “a negative shock to the construction industry” due to higher materials costs, “plans to encourage British social housing providers (voluntary housing associations) into Ireland” may be stymied, cashflow and costs of Irish local authorities may be impacted, our EU targets on greenhouse gases may be “damaged” (in part since Ireland North and South is regarded as a single electricity market in the eyes of the EU (and presumably that is more or less the de facto situation) and last but not least “geographical uniqueness/awkwardness” from the rest of the EU will be increased and we will be “more isolated”.
Note that this is just the areas of direct concern to the DEC&LG, so hence nothing there in the headline issues as regards the border, or rather its nature, though the issue of cross-border projects is flagged up in it. Negatively.
“Ministers are now thinking the [Article 50] trigger could be delayed until autumn 2017,” one source, who had spoken to two senior ministers, told the newspaper.
“They don’t have the infrastructure for the people they need to hire. They say they don’t even know the right questions to ask when they finally begin bargaining with Europe.”
Is this not the definition of insanity – that such a significant decision could be arrived at where the very nature of what is being decided is not actually known – but the problem being that these are lives and livelihoods that are being toyed with across these islands. Negligence on this scale should see the Tories out of power for a generation, perhaps more. And yet, and yet… that’s not what has happened. Somehow they’ve assumed a Fianna Fáil like ability to shrug this off.
But this underlines the reality that the scale of problems facing this polity in the wake o the referendum are enormous and likely to have long lasting damaging effects. And another reality. There’s not a whole lot that can be done about it.