Newton Emerson: Unionists don't understand the resentment over Border checkpoints

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Jacob Rees-Mogg was widely rebuked for a 2016 clip of him proposing to ‘continue historic arrangements . . . just as we had during the Troubles to have people inspected’. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Jacob Rees-Mogg was widely rebuked for a 2016 clip of him proposing to ‘continue historic arrangements . . . just as we had during the Troubles to have people inspected’. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

We have had three demonstrations in recent weeks of nationalist neuralgia over a post-Brexit border.

A short clip of Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative Brexiteer, proposing to “continue historic arrangements . . . just as we had during the Troubles to have people inspected” earned a horrified rebuke from the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, among thousands of others.

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