While there has been much hand-wringing about the impact of Brexit on the UK and the EU, former Irish Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton examines what the departure means for Northern Ireland and the northerly counties of the Republic of Ireland. The economic implications of a No Deal Brexit are stark, but the political fallout is potentially explosive. "Let there be no doubt," Creighton writes, "if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, a hard border on the island of Ireland will be unavoidable." Securing peace and saving lives in Northern Ireland, Creighton concludes, is by far more pressing than any economic concern.
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