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Do I correctly understand that is is quite feasible to have a customs border for the whole of the island of Ireland, with Northern Ireland, for world trade purposes, being part of Ireland? I don't see why not. And further, could, in this context, trade between Northern Ireland businesses and persons with the UK only be treated as an internal UK matter? If so, might this be a least bad resolution for Northern Ireland? Would Ireland accept such a solution? And could such a deal as the backstop be agreed by the UK Parliament and the EU?

No babies would be cut in half with this deal, IMO.

The problem, of course, is that such a deal would guarantee a Brexit, albeit with a deal. should the Schengen agreement be retained for persons of the EU and UK as a result of negotiations subsequent to the agreed Brexit many of the worst aspects of Brexit could be ameliorated.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 07:56:26 PM EST

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