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Old 11.10.2016, 11:50
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Why doesn't Ireland leave the EU too in order to preserve the free movement between the Republic and the UK?
This way they could also avoid having to make Apple pay.
Why would they, the UK represents about 16% of their exports and Belgium is on the verge of overtaking the UK, while the EU in total represents 60% of their exports.

Unlike the UK, Ireland has produced a positive balance of trade for a long time and as part of the Euro Group, like Germany, they benefit greatly from being able to trade in what for them is an under valued currency (exports accounted for about half (48%) of total Irish economic output).

Irish voters are by and large pro EU, yes there are critics, but because they are required to vote on treaty changes etc. there is not the sense of alienation that is common in the UK. And clearly in social media, news papers, politicians etc... the mind set is "how do we deal with the UK after the exit" not "do we join them".
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