Debate over tariffs and regulations has been conflated with security to a ludicrous, irresponsible degree.
Whatever shape Brexit takes, it can be made clear now that terrorist threats will be dealt with as they are dealt with already – by intelligence-led policing across Ireland.
The latest kerfuffle over a open or a hard border is just one example of a prevailing paradox. That in a small area in which everybody is supposed to know everyone else’s business, the gap in real understanding is terribly wide. Or is something else at work: people understand each other full well but are trying to score points in a grisly game of deliberate, neurotic misunderstanding for some kind of propaganda advantage?
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London