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Recent no-deal threats show dangerous disregard for Northern Ireland and its fragile peace

The backstop is intended to protect hard-won peace; no deal would jeopardise it

By Katy Hayward  

The Border Communities Against Brexit group hold a protest. Photo: Artur Widak/SIPA USA/PA Images

Any warning of “imminent potential disaster” from a collective of civic bodies should give pause for thought. If such a warning comes from within a fragile post-conflict society, it should stop the government in its tracks.

In early August, representatives from across Northern Ireland’s civic society published a statement urging the prevention of a no-deal Brexit, which “would be hugely detrimental for Northern Ireland’s economic, social, and political wellbeing and future.” The list of supporting signatories includes leading organisations from…

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