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Free movement of people or a sea border: the insoluble Brexit dilemma

Ireland presents Theresa May with an impossible choice

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Mariusz Smiejek/DPA/PA Images

Often in life we allow ourselves to be consumed by the complexity of a problem while ignoring the basic simplicity which transcends it. A complex challenge offers us hope that we may, through sheer force or wit, discover a solution. A simple one disempowers us with stark options that we may take or leave, but not change.

Brexit is the mother of all problems and the Irish border is its insoluble core. It is insoluble because the UK government is currently making too many demands…

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