With a hard Brexit looming, many people in Northern Ireland fear that a closed Irish border could lead to a return to the Troubles. The prospect has Catholics and Protestants alike mulling over the option of unification with the Republic of Ireland.
The UK prime minister has said he is "cautiously optimistic" he can thrash out an agreement with the EU. But his Irish counterpart insists the gulf between Brussels and Britain is still "very wide."
Border checks between the Republic and Northern Ireland will be inevitable after the UK leaves the EU, a UK parliamentary committee has said. The issue is a sticking point ahead of a key EU summit on Brexit in two weeks.
Ireland has indicated it would be prepared to allow Brexit negotiations to continue beyond the March 2019 deadline. Germany's top diplomat Heiko Maas, however, has once again stressed that time is of the essence.
Happy Brexit Day! Well, not quite. But on the day the UK was originally scheduled to leave the EU, several scenarios remain on the table. And a new report shows that all of them spell bad news for Ireland.
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