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Government fecklessness is reaching new heights over the Irish border

A former ambassador to the European Union says the UK has no choice but to re-think its Brexit red lines

By David Hannay   June 2018

Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

The sheer fecklessness with which British politicians have, down the centuries, treated the Irish dimension of their policy decisions and their unwillingness to understand the damaging consequences of those decisions, is a matter of historical record. Now, as the Brexit negotiations grind remorselessly on and the 29th March 2019 deadline looms closer, that fecklessness and disregard is reaching new heights.

Take the 2016 referendum itself. A few days before the vote the two British Prime Ministers who did most to bring to a peaceful end…

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