“Leaving one Union, dividing another: The Irish border, the exit agreement and its implications”, Andrew Blick (The Federal Trust, United Kingdom)

Andrew Blick, Leaving one Union, dividing another: The Irish border, the exit agreement and its implications, 22nd January 2020

In February 2018, when serving as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson was reported telling journalists that ‘the particular problems around the Irish border are being used to drive the whole Brexit argument and effectively to try to frustrate Brexit’. The following year, he rose to the Conservative leadership and office of Prime Minister. In bidding for this role, a central part of the Johnson campaign was his claim that he could overcome the ‘Irish border’ obstacle to UK departure from the EU, without the need for difficult concessions or compromise on the part of the UK. […]

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