The UK is due to leave the European Union in just 22 days’ time and yet the prospect of doing so with a deal looks as far away as ever after an extraordinary war of words that has exposed an almost unbridgeable gulf. At issue, as it has been all along, is the status of Northern Ireland. Whereas the British government considers the province to be an integral part of the UK, the EU regard it as part of greater Ireland.
Their view is that any agreement about its future status must be acceptable to Dublin. They cite the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement to back up their case along with the fact that a majority in Northern Ireland voted to remain. If anyone was still unclear about this it...
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