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Why the Irish border problem posed by Brexit is near-intractable

The UK approach to the border might be called a farce, but farce is supposed to be funny

By Iain McLean  

Traffic crossing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the village of Bridgend, Co Donegal. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

“It is the responsibility of the United Kingdom to ensure that its approach to the challenges of the Irish border in the context of its withdrawal from the European Union takes into account and protects the very specific and interwoven political, economic, security, societal and agricultural context and frameworks on the island of Ireland.” (European Commission 21/09/17)

“The UK must… guarantee… that it would…

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