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The Irish border

25 October 2017
Negotiations phase 1: The bill, citizens and Ireland

The Irish border

All accept that managing the trade relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland warrants unique solutions to avoid the need for a physical border. But what are they?

No simple solution: There are no easy answers. The use of technology and checks along the supply chain to avoid the need for a physical border has been suggested. But even this is far from straightforward. Proposals to keep Northern Ireland in the EU customs union have not gained traction. It is likely that a final decision will ultimately be deferred until more clarity is brought to the terms of the EU-UK future trade relationship.