That current events cut right through, unsettle and threaten improved relations between Ireland and Britain has become a major theme of running commentary. Strand 3 of the agreement dealing with British-Irish relations had coasted along on its parliamentary and intra-UK tiers as devolution deepened in Scotland, Wales and with the crown dependencies. Its success in mobilising European an US support in the Brexit crisis draws on that history, taking Brexiteers by surprise. Like other small states besides dominant neighbours Ireland knows more about Britain than the other way round. A greater recognition of such pluralism will be required to mend these relations after the Brexit crisis.
Source: The Irish Times March 16, 2019 02:03 UTC