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The Irish border scuffle could be turned to the UK's advantage in Brexit negotiations

Mar 01, 2018 - City A.M.

THE STORM over the EU's letter about the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is not quite the beast from the east, but it is being used by some to drive a snowplough through the heart of the Brexit negotiations.

The EU says Northern Ireland will have to be part of the customs union in order to prevent a hard border and customs checks. But this is sheer tosh, for two reasons.

First, World Bank figures show that for the most advanced economies, between 95 and 99...