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Trade experts say that technological solutions and advanced procedures can reduce the need for physical border controls and checks but not eliminate them. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Everyone is agreed that they don’t want a return to a hard Irish Border. But behind this apparent unanimity lies a world of a difference in defining w(...)

Kit Malthouse, right – who gives his name to the Tories’ Malthouse compromise – and Boris Johnson in 2011. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

The so-called Malthouse compromise was acclaimed this week as evidence that the various wings of the Tory party were coming together on Brexit. But w(...)

A post man by the Border. Photograph by Terence Spencer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

The increasing threat of a hard Brexit means we could shortly see a return to a hard Border in Ireland. Here, we look back at how Northern Ireland (...)

Sammy Wilson, DUP MP in  his constituency office in Larne, Co Antrim: “For 40 years the IRA tried to separate us from the rest of UK but failed. In my opinion this agreement would separate us from the rest of the UK.”. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

Sammy Wilson is in great form sitting here in his Larne office. He is fighting fit and looking forward to Tuesday’s vote and, he is certain, the destr(...)

Juliane Mitchell with an Irish dancing trophy in a dress embroidered by her mother. Her medals are displayed behind her in a display made in Long Kesh by her father, a leading loyalist paramilitary who became a cross-comunity activist

“When you come to see me during the Easter break, I trust you will bring your medal with you and tell me all about the festival.” These words were wr(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. With no functioning assembly in the North and the Conservatives relying on the DUP to prop them up in government, the DUP view has got all the airtime. Photograph: PA Wire

The Brexit withdrawal agreement is a bad deal for the UK. The fantasy economics promising an easy exit and a bright new future have crashed into the i(...)

The bottom line from the unseen agreement, said Sammy Wilson, was that Northern Ireland was going to be treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom. Above, speaking  at the ‘Leave Means Rally’  in Bournemouth, England, last month. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The initial DUP response to the proposed Brexit deal could be characterised as a play on a famous Bill Clinton election slogan, “It’s the union, stupi(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the party would be holding to its long-stated position – which is that it would not accept any Brexit deal that suggested some form of border down the Irish Sea. Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said her party’s desire for a deal on Brexit will not be superseded by a willingness to accept any deal. “An agreement (...)

British prime minister Theresa May inspects a family farm in Bangor, Co Down, in March of this year. File photograph: Getty Images

Inspections on live animal imports into Northern Ireland from Britain would have to increase tenfold to full checks under the so-called backstop to av(...)

Across the UK, detention rates have increased fivefold since the now prime minister, Theresa May, took the helm of the Home Office in 2010. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A record number of citizens from European Union member states were detained on immigration grounds and deported from Northern Ireland in 2016, the yea(...)

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