Bri­tain’s view on… Brexit and the Ir­ish bor­der ques­tion

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

Belfast Tele­graph ‘In­cen­tive to smug­gling’

“When the Brexit ref­er­en­dum was suc­cess­ful, busi­ness and con­sumer in­ter­ests trad­ing across Ire­land im­me­di­ately saw the dan­ger that the fric­tion­less trad­ing ar­range­ments, which had devel­oped as part of the EU mem­ber­ship, could be lost. Avoid­ing a re­turn to a bor­der with for­mal trad­ing con­di­tions and a re­newal of in­cen­tives to cross-bor­der smug­gling has mu­tated into a UK-EU cri­sis. Did an aspi­ra­tion to con­tinue to have fric­tion­less trad­ing need to be­come com­pli­cated?” John Simp­son

Neale Rich­mond ‘A re­turn to vi­o­lence’

“Peace on this is­land trumps any eco­nomic con­cerns. It’s gen­er­ally peo­ple in main­land UK who do not ap­pre­ci­ate how hor­ri­ble the Trou­bles were. It was death af­ter death and North­ern Ire­land was a hor­ri­ble place. The threat is quite ev­i­dent that iIf you have a hard bor­der, and you have the in­fra­struc­ture of a hard bor­der, there’ll be a re­turn to vi­o­lence within a week”

Neale Rich­mond, chair­man of the Ir­ish par­lia­ment Brexit com­mit­tee

The Econ­o­mist

‘It would be dis­as­trous’

“Mrs May can high­light the dan­ger of a no-deal Brexit if hers fails. Both the govern­ment and the EU have is­sued no­tices for what this might mean. Al­though Brex­i­teers claim it is a bluff, the pic­ture painted of stock­piled food and medicines is not pretty. Busi­nesses on all sides are ramp­ing up the pres­sure to avoid no deal. For all its in­tran­si­gence, the DUP knows it would be dis­as­trous, as it would im­ply a hard bor­der in Ire­land.”

Martin Ket­tle

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