Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party puts forward a nuanced vision of the future of these Isles at a recent Killarney conference. Could the “nordic” model, where close co-operation exists between countries, some of which are inside, and some of which are outside the EU work in the case of the UK and Republic of Ireland? Is there a greater future for the British-Irish Council? Do our common institutions, the North-South institutions, but also crucially the East-West dimension, such as the Common Travel Area and other harmonising strategies be the way forward for these islands, our common home in the north Atlantic?
“Whilst the referendum was a vote by the British people, the ripples that flow from the referendum result will be far reaching with long-term implications for people well beyond the shores of the United Kingdom. And I appreciate and understand that nowhere will be more impacted by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union than Ireland.”