After Brexit, the 310-mile boundary between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic will become the only land border between Britain and the European Union – with potentially major consequences for the movement of large volumes of goods and people, and for the survival of the 20-year-old peace process that followed the Good Friday agreement

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The EU and UK are both determined to avoid a return to the hard border of the Troubles, with its checkpoints and security barriers. The British government has called for an untried form of “frictionless and seamless” border, enabled mainly by technology and trust. However, the EU has accused Westminster of “magical thinking” on the matter, which must be settled before Brexit talks can progress.

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