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In many ways Ireland is a natural ally of the UK in the Brexit negotiations but not of the DUP and the DUP led-by-the-nose May government. The Irish government knows the UK government didn't give a shit about N. Ireland and wouldn't have given it a moments thought had Ireland not been able to to gain EU agreement to it's red lines on the border

But otherwise Ireland wants as soft a Brexit as possible. Irish food exporters are still critically dependent on the UK market and these exports will be subject to v. high (50%+) tariffs if WTO terms apply. The great fear of the Irish government is that its influence will wane as the talks move on to trade, and disappear almost altogether if the UK ends up crashing out without any deal.

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