Could Ireland join the Commonwealth post-Brexit?

 

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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Re-enter the Commonwealth by Mary Kenny

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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Home rule and the Commonwealth

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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Diljit Rana urges Republic to consider rejoining Commonwealth

Ronan McGreevy – Irish Times – 17 April 2015

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said.

Speaking at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, Indian-born entrepreneur Lord Diljit Rana said any debate must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognise the truth of today and recognise that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive.”

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> Lord Rana’s “Commonwealth plea to Republic”