Brexit: Is Ireland under pressure to settle for less than the backstop?

The Government will sit tight for now – but a Johnson-style Brexit raises big questions

Politicians thrive on the creation of half-way houses and compromises. Borders, on the other hand, don’t do fudges. They require documents, checks and people to stop trucks and look inside them.  Photograph: Getty Images

Politicians thrive on the creation of half-way houses and compromises. Borders, on the other hand, don’t do fudges. They require documents, checks and people to stop trucks and look inside them. Photograph: Getty Images

Borders work in black and white. Political solutions need a bit of grey. That much has been clear as the Brexit drama has built over the last few years. We have all learned a lot about how checks work at borders and how much of this is binary – you either need checks or you don’t.

Politicians thrive on the creation of half-way houses and compromises to solve problems. Borders, on the other hand, don’t do fudges. They require documents, checks and people to stop trucks and look inside them.

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