Archive for June, 2016

An open letter to the EU

Posted: June 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dear Sirs/Madams,

I’m sorry I can’t be more specific about which EU I should be addressing this letter to. Is it the 27 remaining EU members or just the 6 founding members who met yesterday morning for a little chat about Brexit.

You see folks, I’m a little confused and I think I may not be the only one. I thought the EU was a union of equal members. I thought it did not rely on a member states size or location, I thought we all had an equal say.

As it turns out, I may be wrong. It seems that the 6 founding member states are in actual fact, more important than the other remaining 21 states and that is why you guys need to have grown ups sitting around the table with the kids playing outside.

I wonder then, if it would be possible to let us know what was talked about, maybe even in little sentences using small words in case we don’t understand.

Perhaps you spoke about considering how your own little club within a club, was causing problems throughout the union as a whole. Perhaps you spoke about how excluding other member states from your discussions was feeding the growing frustration with the EU amongst it’s citizens. Perhaps you discussed how exclusive little chats like yesterday are playing into the hands of the eurosceptics.

Perhaps you just discussed how this was all the fault of ordinary people in Britain who see no connection with your club and how you are not to blame at all for Brexit and that you bear no responsibility whatsoever for the growing feelings of disconnect and lack of control that ordinary people feel.

The vast majority of Europe wants peace, security and prosperity. Without openness, transparency and proper leadership, the people of Europe shall turn to the forces of populism and fear.

There is a responsibility to be taken on board for the Brexit vote, there is a responsibility to be taken on board for providing the leadership to move forward.  Is that responsibility to be taken on by all 27 remaining members or just by the special 6?

This is the most important moment in the history of Europe since World War 2. How is it to be handled?
Your friend,

Alan.

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An open letter to the UK

Posted: June 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dear UK,
Today is a sad day for us all and a little bit scary too, if we are honest.
Britain leaving the EU is like a friend moving away. 
As an Irish person who grew up during the Northern Ireland troubles, I am proud to have seen the strengthening of ties and friendship between these islands over the past twenty years.
This strengthening of ties was to a great degree, as a result of both Ireland and the UK being part of a union of nations brought together by a yearning to not repeat the mistakes of the past, by a common goal and wish for a peaceful Europe for the sake of our children. 
The EU and its institutions have certainly made mistakes but those mistakes can be remedied, but only from the inside. 
Those of us wishing to encourage our politicians to fix those mistakes have lost an ally today. We in Ireland, now need to work hard to ensure that we keep in touch with our friend who has moved away so that we don’t loose the mutual respect, trust and friendship we have worked so hard to gain.
We are going to miss you but your decision is your decision, so the very best of luck to you.
Keep in touch
Yours sincerely,
Alan Brophy.