A senior member of the Northern Irish unionist party propping up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government warned on Friday that a hardening of Dublin’s position on Brexit risked “a very hard border” returning to the island.
The border between the Irish Republic, a member of the European Union, and the British province of Northern Ireland will be the only land frontier between the United Kingdom and the EU once Britain leaves the bloc in early 2019.
Politicians in London, Dublin, Belfast and Brussels have all said they want to avoid the return of a “hard border” but Ian Paisley Jr of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) warned of exactly that when he reacted strongly to a report that Dublin wanted the Irish Sea to effectively be the post-Brexit border.
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