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When it comes to the Irish border, the government’s reheated customs proposals are nothing less than magical thinking

The proposals, already rejected last year, are only the latest in a long line of failings in Britain’s negotiations with the island of Ireland

By Katy Hayward  

Photo: David Young/PA Wire/PA Images

“Hopefully we won’t, in this part of the world, be the sacrificial lamb that will be traded away as part of a deal between the European Union and the UK at the end of the day. There is that risk. And I understand the fine words that people have for us—you know, ‘we’ll protect the open border’ and all the rest of it. But you wait until the final outcome until you know what the real story is.”

As with the referendum itself,…

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