Time is fast running out. On 29 March, eighty-five days from today, these conditions will be realised when the United Kingdom leaves the EU – and most likely without a deal. If we are to guarantee independence in our lifetimes, then the time to act is now. Nothing, of course, is impossible, but the likelihood of yet another opportunity like this presenting itself within the next fifty years is slim to none. We have a threefold mandate under the present conditions to call another independence referendum, and time on this is even running out.
A hard Brexit brings a great deal of uncertainty to Ireland. Ireland’s economy, as the United Kingdom’s closest EU neighbour, depends heavily on trade with Britain, and Theresa May’s hard line position on leaving the single market has worried many in Ireland.
Each election sees the country return an overwhelming majority of centre-right and right wing representatives to the Dáil – regardless of their individual party affiliations – who tirelessly serve the interests of the privileged and middle classes.
Let’s go ahead and make a prediction for 26 February. Fine Gael, spouting their obnoxious rubbish about ‘recovery,’ will make it back to government with either the class traitors Labour or some hodgepodge of rightist power-hungry independents, or a mixture of the two.