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  1. Crubag says:

    Is the article from 2000? I don’t think the IRA started disarming before 2001 and only concluded in 2005, so perhaps not surprising there was concern in 2000 that concessions were being made without commitments being honoured.

    Probably of less relevant to current EU debates. The current issue is that the northern Ireland border becomes the rEU/UK border, and it is looking like this will need to be a border equivalent to Greece/Turkey or Poland/Ukraine. RoI will have no say on this, only on the package as a whole – where rejection could mean even harder line conditions, as a default to third-country relations. The CTA could still remain open though, as EU states have latitude in how they deal with third-country nationals.

    Which has implications for any iScotland moves on EU membership, which is probably more of current interest. A near-seamless arrangement in NI/RoI is therefore to be preferred.

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