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Congratulations, Mr Johnson—you’ve found an Irish border plan where no-one gets what they want

Under the government's latest proposals we in Northern Ireland are to be an experiment, with all the worst-case scenarios of Brexit rolled into one

By Sarah Creighton  

An abandoned Customs Facilitation Office at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Photo: PA

Having grown up in Belfast, my memories of the border during the Troubles are far and few between. I remember a car trip to Dublin as a child, my parents having a blazing argument in the front seats. A checkpoint interrupted them. Mid-screaming match, my parents barely speaking, we all had to get out of our car while somebody—a solider, probably—checked under the bonnet.

On September 20,…

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