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A dogs in the street guide to Brexit and the Irish border

The head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been requesting information on Brexit for months but has received only vague ‘stuff and nonsense’ from the May Government.

Without firm facts on what will happen on the Border once Brexit happens in March the police in Northern Ireland cannot plan or allocate resources on the only land border in the UK, resources Northern Ireland doesn’t have in the first place. The Chief Constable George Hamilton has been warning of the real consequences of playing politics in London that can translate to violence, murder and death in Northern Ireland. As he said “There’s a feeling that as regards the Troubles and the conflict, Northern Ireland is sorted and we don’t need to worry about it, when actually we’re working flat out 24/7 to keep a lid on it.”

The Chief Constable and the ‘dogs in the street’ here in Ulster know that if a customs union is not negotiated or the much hyped ‘Backstop’ option fails then there will need to be physical customs checkpoints on a 300 mile border that could not be properly policed even with thousands of British Troops in support of the police during the ‘Troubles.’

Those checkpoints will be the focus of terrorists wherever they are in Northern Ireland as will those customs officers who staff them.  Any talk of technology being the answer is simply wrong as any cameras, drones or any other devices will be targeted first drawing in the Police to protect them and then the British Army to support the police.  The whole nightmare of the cycle of violence will begin again.  The local Unionist party the DUP were part of the Brexit campaign and used ‘dark money’ to fund large newspaper adverts in the UK supporting Brexit and it appears they believe this will lead to a ‘hardened’ border and therefore an end to the Good Friday Agreement(s.)

Unfortunately for them their influence will only last as long as the May Government needs them to prop up their Westminster minority regime.  When that regime falls then the DUP will find themselves without a friend in the EU, UK or Republic of Ireland and partly responsible for destabilising the Irish Border rather than strengthening it. As Churchill once said “As the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that have been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world.”

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