Can anyone explain to me the solution to the new "Irish Question".
For many long years Irish nationals are allowed "free movement" with the UK. Irish citizens are allowed to come and live here. They are, to all intents and purposes, treated the same as UK citizens. The only exception is that they are not called to jury service.
The same applies in the other direction.
Since the Good Friday agreement the border between the North and the Republic has been open. People living near the border are very used to this now. The North is peaceful - albeit at times an uneasy peace.
Goods from the Republic and from N Ireland can be transported easily, by lorry and ferry, to the UK and to Europe. And vice versa of course. No customs barriers to slow them down at borders or ports. And very little in the way of passport control at the ports either.
There are treaties between the UK and the Republic that underpin this state of affairs.
One of the EU's chief concerns in the coming negotiations is Ireland. They need to protect the interests of this member state. They do not want to see it's trade and it's peace hampered.
So how is it possible to reconcile this state of affairs and the underpinning existing treaties with the PMs resolve to have a Hard Brexit?
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