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The Irish border is the canary in the Brexit coalmine

The Republic has hit back on the lack of clarity around border proposals. If the UK doesn't change its negotiating strategy, it won't be the last shock it gets

By Siobhan Fenton  

The Irish and EU flags fly outside Dublin's Custom House. Photo: PA

In rural Northern Ireland, miles of farmland stretch around the border with the Republic of Ireland. Normally an unremarkable area, inflected with small hillocks, smatterings of grazing cattle and the odd country road, the quiet land has been thrust into the spotlight in the last year as a key battleground in Brexit talks.

In the thirteen months since the fateful June referendum result, the UK government has insisted that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic…

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