Why Ireland’s Border Remains Brexit’s Sticking Point 

The boundary between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, long the scene of tense checkpoints and violent protest, is once again caught up in a bitter division. The U.K.’s ability to agree to a trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020 may hinge on the historically fraught border, which marks the limits of EU territory for the first time following the U.K.’s departure from the bloc on Jan. 31. The plan to ensure there’s no need for a physical frontier dividing the island of


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