1. Exquisite Tweets from @DaraDoy, @kevinhorourke, @NotAsGoodAsPete, @djmgaffneyw4

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    Ireland set to publicly acknowledge for first time need for some checks in or around border in no-deal Brexit. Scoop on @TheTerminal

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    DaraDoy

    Dara Doyle

  2. It would be good to see Dublin acknowledge that the logical corollary of “the backstop is needed to avoid a border” is “without the backstop there will be a border”. Refusing to do so just makes a border more likely by encouraging ERG types to believe that backstop is unnecessary

    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Which makes no deal more likely, which then leads to the return of a hard border...

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Waffling on the issue also risks fuelling Irish euroscepticism in the event that we have no deal and a border, by giving comfort to those who would then suggest that with a bit of good will a border would, magically, be unnecessary. ‘Brussels’ would then be blamed.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Varadkar oversold what had been achieved in December 2017: his one big mistake in my view. Perhaps that makes it more difficult for him to acknowledge that border controls will be required if there is no deal and the U.K. doesn’t rapidly return to the negotiating table.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    But that’s too bad and the lack of clarity has not helped at all. So I hope this story is right...

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

  3. Can you have half a border? Or do both sides have to agree? What happens if the UK refuses to set up a border?

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    NotAsGoodAsPete

    Peter Hiett

  4. Ireland would still be legally obliged to enforce its obligations under EU law. And we would see how long that particular U.K. gambit would survive contact with legal reality.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Finally, it isn't just livestock that has to be sorted. All of the questions that @WeyandSabine asked HMG last year would have to be asked of the Irish government, should HMG renege on its repeated backstop promises.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    There's nothing fair about any of this. The way that Irish interests, not to mention Northern Irish interests, have been ignored by London is shameful. But ignoring reality won't help.

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    kevinhorourke

    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

  5. It's even worse IMO. The way in which *UK* interests have been ignored by London is extraordinary. The default over here is still to see the border issue as an externally imposed problem.

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    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney