writes Dan O’Brien, Irish Independent, 29 Oct 2017.
Underpinning Irish foreign policy is a belief in an open, free-trading world supported by international institutions with solid rules-based foundations. The concrete expression of this posture is membership of a whole array of international organisations.
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With Brexit becoming a reality, and the prospect of a ‘hard’ border in Ireland looming, could this now be a good time to work towards an agreed Ireland involving closer ties to the Commonwealth of Nations, together with other options such as the continuance of a relationship between Northern Ireland and the European Union as well as the Republic of Ireland? It seems that in this new climate, all options are on the table.
> ‘Win-win’ bid for Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after Brexit
> Ireland could join the Commonwealth post-Brexit to cement closer ties
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Article by Mary Kenny on why Ireland should re-enter the Commonwealth in the context of Brexit.
It left in 1949, not 1948. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister was very helpful in negotiating an exit with Attlee that would ensure Eire would get free movement of labour and trade benefits it enjoyed as a Commonwealth member. Canada also treated Eire as a Commonwealth member after it left. This led Churchill to say “When they were in they were out and when they were out they were in.’ It was like having your cake and eating it.
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Ireland should consider rejoining Commonwealth, FG Senator says.
> Frank Feighan (Irish Times) says relations are at ‘all-time high’ and Queen only had titular role.
> Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner Political Editor
Irish Times Letters, Thu, Mar 31, 2016—Professor Geoffrey Roberts
Sir, – Dr Brian P Murphy (“Democratic path would not have brought independence”, Opinion & Analysis, March 30th) misses the point of John Bruton’s argument in favour of home rule and a peaceful and democratic transition to Irish independence. A home rule Ireland would have been a stepping stone towards full independence – thus achieving the desired goal without the violence and deaths of 1916, the War of Independence and the Civil War.
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