Why is the Ir­ish bor­der a prob­lem?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

Over the three decades of sec­tar­ian strife known as the Trou­bles, the Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army bat­tled the Bri­tish Army and pro-Bri­tish paramil­i­taries from North­ern Ire­land in a guer­rilla con­flict that left some 3,600 dead. The bor­der bris­tled with mil­i­tary watch­tow­ers and check­points un­til the 1998 Good Fri­day Ac­cord brought peace. Both sides fear that if bor­der con­trols were to be re­in­sti­tuted, ten­sions would resur­face and lead to vi­o­lence. One way to avoid a “hard bor­der” is for North­ern Ire­land to be in­cluded in the EU cus­toms union, which en­sures that EU mem­ber states all charge the same im­port du­ties to non-EU coun­tries. But that ar­range­ment would re­quire

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.