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I think you're being overly optimistic about the prospect of a minimalistic agreement covering only Northern Ireland. It is much more likely that a hard Brexit scenario would not include any agreement at all. We should explore the implications of that, especially the obligations imposed by the Good Friday Agreement.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 at 08:13:26 PM EST

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