Newton Emerson: Sea border is different to Brexit backstop
Unionists see even mildest version of sea border as constitutional slippery slope
UK prime minister Theresa May: selling a sea border looks hopeless now, inseparable from “dividing our country in two”, to quote Ms May after the disastrous Salzburg summit. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg
Is there any way to de-dramatise the concept of a sea border so that unionists might accept it?
It would be enormously helpful if there was. Checks across the Irish Sea are by far the easiest way to avoid a hard border under almost every conceivable Brexit scenario.