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Majority don't want return to hard border


Regarding James Annett's letter ('Brexit border controls must be made uniform' Sept 27), Sinn Fein does not have a monopoly on the desire for a united Ireland.

Contrary to what Mr Annett states, a majority in Northern Ireland also do not want a return to the hard border.

Businesspeople and the farming communities in particular do not want it.

Partition has been a disaster for Ireland. Since 1922, thousands of people have been killed and injured and millions of pounds of damage has been done to property and infrastructure.

Partition was never meant to be permanent and today many in Britain recognise the failure it has been.

Unionists have always been a minority in the whole of Ireland and today are about to become a minority in Northern Ireland.

Unionism has had 100 years to put its house in order in Northern Ireland and have failed miserably to do so.

It is time for a change and Brexit is it. The union will not be dead as a result of the Irish border alone; more than likely it will die because of the Scottish border and the current ineptitude of the unionist parties.

But Mr Annett should not be so worried. There are thousands of British citizens currently living in the Republic and they don't seem to have any problem with that.

There are also thousands of Irish citizens living in Britain and they don't seem to have any problem with that either.

What exactly is your problem, Mr Annett?

Jerry Barnes

Sacramento, California

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