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    In view of the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland, flexible and imaginative solutions will be required to avoid a hard border...

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    European Commission Guiding Principles paper for Dialogue on Ireland/Northern Ireland in EU-UK Brexit negotiations ec.europa.eu/commission/pub…

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    ..., including any physical border infrastructure...

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    ...This must be achieved in a way which ensures that Ireland's place within the Internal Market and Customs Union is unaffected.

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    To be clear, this is a quote from the document. (Though I agree with all of it, including the last bit.)

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    Excluding physical infrastructure including hi-tech scanning equipment etc. rules out Norway-Sweden and US-Canada as acceptable options

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    and indeed they were never even remotely acceptable to the Irish side of this particular debate, as has long been obvious.

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    So we are back to the point IRL/EU have been making for a long time: border question requires a political solution, technology won't work

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