Solution to Brexit’s biggest problem is in Ireland

Anxiety mounting both sides of Border over no deal risk, writes Keir Starmer

Labour’s plan for  Brexit in the short term  means a transitional period on the same basic terms as now, in the customs union and single market. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour’s plan for Brexit in the short term means a transitional period on the same basic terms as now, in the customs union and single market. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

One of my biggest frustrations about the referendum campaign was the lack of focus on how Brexit would affect communities on both sides of the Irish Border.

This was particularly personal for me having spent five years as a human rights adviser to the Northern Ireland Policing Board. I have seen first-hand how membership of the EU helped to pave the way for peace in Northern Ireland, to broker the Good Friday Agreement and to provide a framework for close cross-Border cooperation.

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