If there’s to be no border in Ireland, and Britain is to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, it follows that there must be a customs border on the Irish Sea.
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein could persuade their communities to back the compromises necessary, they have not done so.
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It does not stipulate that an invisible border with the Republic trumps the integrity of the United Kingdom.
It is hard to avoid the impression that leaving is being undertaken in a spirit of damage limitation rather than a spirit of opportunity.
The DUP leader rejects “any form of regulatory divergence which separates Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the UK”.
Of course Ulster’s trade with the mainland must be protected as top priority, but a degree of flexibility on regulations in a small number of sectors is sensible.
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The DUP leader has not yet shown she knows how to make the strange machinery set up in Stormont work.
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Calls to move customs and immigration checks to the Irish Sea prioritise nationalist sentiment over Ulster’s real economic and constitutional position.
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