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Nightmare scenario averted, but Brexit drama is just beginning for Northern Ireland

Sarah Creighton


Brexit has brought the constitutional question into sharper focus than it ever has before, writes Sarah Creighton

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People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth, (Brian Lawless/PA)

People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth, (Brian Lawless/PA)

People take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth, (Brian Lawless/PA)

Talking about Brexit on Christmas Eve was the sour cherry on top of the rotten cake that is 2020. Even so, I feel relieved that the UK and European Union have managed to agree a trade deal.

For years, the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit has loomed over Northern Ireland like a dark cloud. If the UK had exited the EU without a deal, the sea border between Britain and Northern Ireland would have been even harsher. Thanks to the new trade deal, that nightmare scenario has been averted.

There were smiles all around from Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as they announced the new deal. The vibe was very much one of, ‘This is finally over.’ On Twitter, journalists and academics celebrated and said they would never have to talk about Brexit ever again.


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