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A former Irish diplomat alleged to Express.co.uk that the Irish government is “very worried “about threats from the UK to trigger Article 16. Ray Bassett argued that triggering the Brexit article would leave Dublin in a” very, very bad position. “Brexit negotiations, when the former leader, turned deputy prime minister, Leo Varadkar opted for a strong pro-EU position.
Mr Bassett told Express.co.uk: “Overall Ireland is very worried and I saw last night that the Taoiseach was very worried that the UK would invoke Article 16.
“Which would put us in a very, very bad position.
“There is also a quiet feeling in Dublin that you know, we brought some of that on our own.
“Particularly with the first period of Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney where we took a very hostile attitude towards the UK.
“Which was at no time in the best interests of Ireland
“But was widely seen as playing the European card.”
The former Irish diplomat also alleged to Express.co.uk that behind closed doors the government of Ireland is “in private very worried “by the position of the EU on fishing rights.
Ray Bassett said that while Dublin publicly supported the European Union and France in their dispute with the UK over Channel fisheries, Ireland got a “very bad deal” from the EU’s Michel Barnier during Brexit negotiations.
He continued: “So there is a degree that we had to be alongside the European Union at this point because we were quite vulnerable and we needed the European Union, especially when it comes to the Irish border. .
“But also, you know, in private there will be a tremendous amount of sympathy for the British on the fishery because we’re in a similar position. We have very large fishing grounds and while the European Union must allocate 40 percent of the fish in UK waters to the UK.
“Here in Ireland, where we have very large waters, we are going to get 15%, that was partly offset by the European Union giving us fishing rights in British waters.”
Mr Bassett added: “So some of them were removed, bBut we still have a situation in our waters where we only have 15 percent.
“So in private they will have the feeling that you know, as a coastal state, we believe that much more than the coastal states should have a say and a much larger percentage of fish in their own waters.”