The Brexit position paper feels more like an early move in the blame game than a credible plan. But this is not a game, it’s deadly serious

Sweet nothings are lovely while they’re being whispered in your ear. The problem is that a sweet nothing is still nothing. The British government’s long-awaited position paper on the Irish border after Brexit is really rather lovely. It tells Irish people of all political persuasions exactly what they want to hear: that there will be no physical border of any kind across the island and that free movement between Ireland will go on as if nothing had happened. But behind all of these delightful reassurances, there is sweet FA.

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