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Saturday 5 October 2019


What. Was. That.

Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal crashed into the same intractable Irish border question. Matthew O’Toole joins Basia Cummings to explain

How Brexit would affect the Irish border was an issue barely touched upon during Britain’s EU referendum campaign. The fact that it so quickly became the single greatest sticking point standing in the way of a deal between the UK and the EU says everything you need to know about how poorly understood this whole area is: the border; the Good Friday Agreement; and, the story of Britain and Ireland.

We don’t promise a comprehensive history of all three. But here’s a start.

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