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From a purely practical point of view, it would be simpler to have passport and immigration control at air and sea ports rather than try to police a 500KM land border which was porous even when thousands of police and soldiers tried to keep it secure - to the great annoyance and inconvenience of innocent locals on both sides.

I seriously doubt Unionist opposition would be all that vociferous - they spend more time crossing the border than many would like to admit. The most vociferous will probably be those loyalist hard-liners in East Belfast who never travel more than 20 miles outside their home base anyway - and they simply don't matter in the greater scheme of things.  Sure there might be a few riots and demonstrations. Will Theresa May care?  She has bigger fish to fry...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 13th, 2016 at 02:17:11 PM EST
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