The Irish government has sent a chilling warning to their British counterparts in light of the UK introducing domestic legislation to override parts of their agreement for withdrawal from the EU. As relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate, Taoiseach Micheál Martin warned Boris Johnson that if provoked any further Ireland will not hesitate to frown at Britain disapprovingly.
The last time Ireland launched a frowning at another country was in 2004 when Poland gave us nil points in the Eurovision Song Contest even though we had just taken in tens of thousands of their citizens. The UN has pleaded with the Irish government to show restraint and here at home an anti-frowning march has already been organised for tomorrow in Dublin by the United Left Anti-Austerity People Against Profit Say No To Everything Alliance Party.
So what action could the Irish government take if provoked any further? We asked international relations expert John Reynolds what might happen in the coming days.
“It depends on how serious things get. The government has a lot more than just frowning at their disposal. If they feel it’s warranted they could escalate things by wagging their fingers angrily at the British. Nobody wants that of course but it could well happen if things get out of hand. War is hell after all. If the situation were to deteriorate even further and they felt they had exhausted all other options, the Irish government could call an emergency meeting of the war cabinet who would then, as a last resort, gather on the roof of Dáil Eireann and shake their fists furiously in the direction of London.”
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