Thursday, September 5, 2019

Brexit and the Irish Border Problem

At the time of a United Kingdom hard (no deal)exit from the European Union, The Republic of Ireland will remain part of the EU. However, Northern Ireland will remain part of the UK and , thus, separate from the EU.

Thus the question arises: Will a barrier have to be put up between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to prevent members of the EU and goods from the EU from entering the UK via the Irish Republic?

Of course, the libertarian answer is to let the people and goods flow but that would not likely happen under a hard Brexit.

Here is how some Irish on both sides of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border see the outcome of a hard border, at the time of a no deal Brexit.
Of course, Boris is having some trouble with his attempt at an October no-deal Brexit:

From FT:

Boris Johnson has suffered a humbling double defeat, as MPs backed legislation to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal and then blocked the prime minister’s attempt to call an election to regain the initiative on Brexit.

Mr Johnson, facing growing anger from Tory MPs over his handling of Brexit, endured two defeats inside two hours on Wednesday night, leaving him, in effect, trapped in 10 Downing Street by a hostile parliament.


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