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Government Buildings issued a statement contradicting the commission's line - itself a highly unusual move - and reiterating Dublin's view that it will not accept a hard border on this island and "therefore we are not planning for one".

The amount of stupid in the bolded passage is breath taking in its length, width, and depth.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 12:09:20 AM EST
A little reckless perhaps considering, but not stupid. Think like a pirate.

I have long suspected that some significant UK-IE trade is been off-books. Hard goods and finance. Thinly varnished Irish Times editorial respect for Tory gov "special relationships" over the years.

When anonymous "Government Buildings" PR chimes with Schinas to shake the bushes, so to speak, vermin will scurry to get their papers in order. Just in case. There's an "amnesty" (or not) opportunity, regardless of how customs surveillance takes shape between IE and NI after 29 March. Where will they go?

< wipes tears >

Gracious. The impossible technology solution has been resurrected, I've seen, something about a CCTV network?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 05:22:46 AM EST
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Well, except Varadkar says GFA would still apply, so border would move to Irish Sea.

by asdf on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 05:20:52 PM EST
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Would be nice, except it crosses a red line of PM Theresa May and the Tory Brexiteers.  :(
by Oui on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 06:00:16 PM EST
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It doesn't really. It crosses the DUP's "blood red" lines.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 24th, 2019 at 10:57:21 PM EST
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