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Brexit is striking terror into all us Irish in the UK

Brexit is striking terror into all us Irish in the UK

Brexit has become a terrifying word since Britain decided to leave the European Union

As a resident in England I must admit that I was quite worried about where it would leave me in terms of where I live and work. Ireland has long had free travel within the U.K. and I did wonder where it would leave that agreement once Britain officially leaves the EU.

I was quite happy when British PM Theresa May stated in her speech on Thursday that there would be maintenance of the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK and that it is one of her priorities in her European negotiations.

Although Brexit is still going to make a lot of things difficult between Ireland and the UK, the reintroduction of borders would have damaged a lot of what has been corrected between our two countries.

Although I am glad to hear that Ireland and Britain won’t need to renew our vows, I am still concerned about where we are at when it comes to trading freely.

We do a lot of business with the UK and I really feel that Brexit will have a massive effect on our already fractured economy.

A lot of people in Ireland aren’t happy with what Theresa May said in her speech and I can understand that.

Free travel is one thing, but Mrs May also stated that Britain was leaving the single market, which caused massive concerns about trade and political relations.

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said: “Exiting the single European market, exiting the customs union, creates a hard border on the island of Ireland.”

I find it hard to understand how exiting the single market will improve anything for Britain?

It’s going to cause a lot of problems between them and other EU member states. Britain does a lot of trade within the EU and I think ruling that out is a very dangerous move for their economy. How is trade meant to work between Ireland and Northern Ireland, does that just end?

I have so many questions I would love to ask Theresa May, but she said she wanted a hard Brexit and it looks as though that’s what is going to happen.

I spend so much time with people from the UK and I have yet to meet anyone who is happy and excited for Brexit.

There are so many people applying for Irish passports just to stay within the EU and with so little between the Leave and the Stay side, surely an aggressive Brexit is not the right choice. I can’t claim to know everything about politics, but I have followed Brexit with a keen interest because of where I live and I have yet to see any positives from the move.


A Tinder flare-up

Another week in Austria is complete. I actually feel sad counting down the weeks because I’m having such an amazing time out here.

This week we learned the skeleton, which is basically like a bobsleigh track but we go down on a tray – face first! I know it sounds pretty scary, which it was, but I could honestly do that a million more times, I absolutely loved it!

We ski jump almost every day now, which is really good. I want to be brilliant at ski jumping because that could essentially win the show and I would love to be the first female winner of The Jump.

We also got to try out some ski cross for the first time, which was hilarious. We have to try to get to the finish line first by pushing everyone out of the way. That isn’t the easiest when you’re up against superstar rugby players like Gareth Thomas, but I am definitely giving it my best shot.

Yesterday we went out for Lydia Bright and Josie Gibson’s birthday, which was lovely. It was a fancy dress theme so I randomly went as the Pink Panther. They actually have really good fancy dress shops in Innsbruck – who knew!

We had a lovely meal and then went off to a club, so as you’re reading this I will be still in my bed with some sort of takeaway and all the Netflix my heart desires!


I’m just jumping for joy in Austrian adventure

Another week in Austria is complete. I actually feel sad counting down the weeks because I’m having such an amazing time out here.

This week we learned the skeleton, which is basically like a bobsleigh track but we go down on a tray – face first! I know it sounds pretty scary, which it was, but I could honestly do that a million more times, I absolutely loved it!

We ski jump almost every day now, which is really good. I want to be brilliant at ski jumping because that could essentially win the show and I would love to be the first female winner of The Jump.

We also got to try out some ski cross for the first time, which was hilarious. We have to try to get to the finish line first by pushing everyone out of the way. That isn’t the easiest when you’re up against superstar rugby players like Gareth Thomas, but I am definitely giving it my best shot.

Yesterday we went out for Lydia Bright and Josie Gibson’s birthday, which was lovely. It was a fancy dress theme so I randomly went as the Pink Panther. They actually have really good fancy dress shops in Innsbruck – who knew!

We had a lovely meal and then went off to a club, so as you’re reading this I will be still in my bed with some sort of takeaway and all the Netflix my heart desires!