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The next issue that could sink Brexit trade talks

Rows over an EU office in Belfast are really over something deeper

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

After death and taxes, a dull inevitability of life is chaos over Brexit. As Britain now overtakes Italy for the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll, we should perhaps not be surprised by the government’s preternatural incompetence. And yet a row in the last week has highlighted the other issue it has so comprehensively mishandled. While the political and media establishment focuses on the pandemic, Brexit’s most sensitive element still exists and is still unresolved: Northern Ireland.

The specifics of the row focus…

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