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The working assumption of most Brexiteers, insofar as they think of Ireland at all, appears to be that either "Ireland will come to its senses" and join the UK in leaving the EU, or that it's dependence on trade and travel with the UK will force it to accept almost any morsels thrown their way by their former colonial masters.

Ireland could have an opportunity as early as this autumn to demonstrate the fallacy of that belief. All it has to do is refuse its consent to allow the Brexit talks move beyond the initial three issues and onto trade issues - on the grounds that insufficient progress has been made on the border question.

Vardker has given the UK fair warning that we are growing impatient, and that the DUP's assertion that the Irish government will just have to wait for their detailed proposals is not going to cut any ice any longer...

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