Its worth repeating that, assuming the referendum result is honoured, three options present with regard to the issue of the Irish border as follows -
- hard border on the island.
- some form of border at the Irish Sea
- ireland steps out of the customs union (in some form) with Britain
3 is a non runner. Numbers 1 and 2 are possibilities with 2 being the clearly preferred option from an Irish perspective. How to get to 2 should be the intent undwrpinning all Irish government policy. Currently it’s not clear that this, as opposed to promoting the interests/Defence of a clearly weakened political ideology and world view, is what currently informs the actual intent behind Irish government policy around the matter.