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"Why didn't the British focus on the fact that they had an extensive land border with the European Union? The answer is that it was in Ireland. It wasn't serious."

That's a really essential question.

I can't do better than the answer offered there. With just a quibble on the tense of the verb: should be "is" not "was". When you see Boris calling on "common sense" wrt the border, you just know neither he nor anyone else in power takes the problem seriously. Neither in its inter-Irish dimension, nor its European dimension.

Boris, tell us: what part of "extensive land border with the European Union" do you not understand?

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Aug 10th, 2019 at 11:30:13 AM EST
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