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In addition to that, AFAIK the Swedish/Norwegian border is largely uncontested, with a strong law abiding culture on both sides. The N. Ireland border was never less than contested, and regarded as entirely illegitimate by one side who make every effort to undermine it. Everything which makes a nonsense of the border - such as different lockdown rules on both sides - is a win for nationalists and a cause for unease for Unionists. Everything becomes politicised, from the response to Covid to the sport you support to the supermarket chain you shop in. It was never about just the mechanics of customs controls...

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