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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

They tend to think it's somebody else's problem (Ireland's and/or the DUP's). Unless you are part of the DUP of course. See how Rees-Mogg has been punting the problem along the lines of: I agree with ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

The brexiteers don't really want anything regarding the Irish border. It's just a problem preventing them getting the hard brexit that they want, and since they don't have a real solution for it they ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

I'm a Remainer, but have been accused of being a Hard Brexiter on some stances in this debate, so I'll take a stab. The WTO, the Repubic of Ireland, the UK and the EU have all recently made ...
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What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?

What the hard Brexiters want is for Ireland to leave the EU at the same time as the UK and negotiate a bilateral trade treaty on the UK's terms that keeps the border open. There is of course precisely ...
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If a referendum on Northern Ireland joining the Republic of Ireland is narrowly defeated, what is the trigger for another referendum?

From the Northern Ireland Act 1998 Subject to paragraph 3, the Secretary of State shall exercise the power under paragraph 1 if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those ...
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Would a DUP-Conservative alliance breach the Good Friday Agreement?

The Good Friday Agreement requires "rigorous impartiality" by the UK government, so it can arbitrate between parties in Northern Ireland. A UK government which depends on one of those parties for its ...
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What reasons did the DUP have to oppose the Good Friday Agreement and do those reasons still apply?

This question touches on the political history of Northern Ireland, which is long, complicated and contentious, but the following is my best understanding. The "union" in this case is the one created ...
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Why does Brexit threaten the Good Friday Agreement from 1998?

A key aspect of the GFA was the removal of all border apparatus on the Island of Ireland. The border was often a target of violence and a physical divider between the two communities. If the UK ...
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Does a hard border in Ireland necessarily breach the Good Friday Agreement?

Does a hard border in Ireland necessarily breach the Good Friday Agreement? According to my understanding, a hard border would not literally breach the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), but it would ...
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Could UK SMEs set up centers in Northern Ireland to maintain full access to both the EU and the rest of the UK?

Conservative Minister Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland seems to believe so. In remarks made on Question Time in late January 2020 he recommended companies that wish to trade ...
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Could UK SMEs set up centers in Northern Ireland to maintain full access to both the EU and the rest of the UK?

No. To avoid a "hard" border on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland has effectively remained in the EU single market and EU rules and regulations apply. The rest of the UK has left the ...
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Good Friday Agreement and WTO rules

if the EU chose to uni-laterally erect a border violating the GFA The EU cannot do that. The border on one side is controlled by the UK Government and the sort-of-not-completely independent Northern ...
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Is a no-deal Brexit illegal, and therefore invalid?

I believe the "complication" mentioned in answer by user is actually the main issue here. When the Supreme Court ruled on an issue between the Parliament, HM Government, and (technically) the Crown, ...
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Is a no-deal Brexit illegal, and therefore invalid?

Not just the Good Friday Agreement, but now also the Benn Act makes leaving without a deal on 31st October, without the refusal of the EU to grant an extension, illegal. The question of if that would ...
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