Fintan O’Toole: Unionism traps itself in a 1950s sci-fi B-movie

Momentous EU text on the Border has left the DUP and the Tories praying for a miracle

  British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: he has suggested the Irish Border could be monitored in the same way the London congestion charge is but it would take a vast infrastructure to cover the 110 million annual trips across 300 different border crossings. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson: he has suggested the Irish Border could be monitored in the same way the London congestion charge is but it would take a vast infrastructure to cover the 110 million annual trips across 300 different border crossings. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Many Unionist politicians are people of deep faith. After this week’s momentous European Union proposal for a legal text on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, they had better pray for miracle. A miracle, that is, of technology.

Last July, the Democratic Unionist Party MP Jeffrey Donaldson, spoke in tones of pure rapture about the fabulous scientific solutions that would make the problem of the Irish Border after Brexit disappear: “Technology is a wonderful thing”.

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