As most of us are aware, Ireland is heading into one of the most crucially important negotiations in the history of the State in mid December with regards to Brexit. Ireland faces a hard border being implemented in the island which will not only cause economic upheaval but possibly tear up the GFA and affect many cross border initiatives such as healthcare and agrifood.
Some of you may have read Tony Connolly's article on the Irish efforts to date to avoid a hard Brexit. If not, please do: https://www.rte.ie/amp/920981/
Ireland has potentially over a million citizens living North of the border. Citizens who's ancestors felt the South abandoned them in 1922. If Dublin caves on this issue, these citizens will be at the full mercy of the British Tory party and outside the ECJ potentially. It is crucially important that for these citizens alone, we must ensure that the full State apparatus is behind Ireland's push to ensure that NI remain in regulatory harmony with the Republic.
This is something that every citizen and organisation including politics.ie should get behind. We have three weeks to maximise our presence. Getting onto family in the UK to plead with them to voice loudly that we will not accept a border in Ireland is one such example of what we can do.
Earlier this week, the British rag papers wrote how Varadkar "better shut his mouth" in relation to Brexit. That is how we know that we are winning. But a lot more must be done. If the UK offer a deal on the other two Brexit red lines we will come under pressure to move the Border issue till the trade talks and that is when our veto becomes obsolete.
To show solidarity with the government and in light of the "No Borders in Ireland" campaign, that the country needs, I have changed my avatar. I ask that all of you supporting the campaign do the same until the Brexit negotiation in December.