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>> There should be no border posts between Northern and Southern Ireland after Brexit, according to a new UK government proposal. About 30,000 people cross the frontier daily, it's currently invisible. Any return to a so called hard border between the province and EU member island is highly sensitive, recalling decades of violence known as the Troubles.
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>> What we want to see is an arrangement in relation to customs and borders with the European Union that can enable us to see no return to the hard borders of the past in Northern Ireland. To enable that flow of goods and people between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
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>> Wednesday's proposals intended to solve one of the thorniest issues in Brexit talks and Brussels says it won't discuss matters like trade until this issue is settled. Now Britain's paper suggests two options, no customs at all or highly streamlined checks.>> One of the key industries on the Island of Ireland is agriculture and foods.
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Therefore, we are suggesting that we may need to have greater regulatory adherence around that as well as also looking at goods in transit. As well as the movement of people and upholding the common travel area which is served us so well since the 1920s.>> That would mean no passport controls for UK and Irish citizens.
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The idea of the no hard border called timely and helpful, by the Irish government. But Dublin says Northern Ireland's peace process must not be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit talks. Britain also announced Wednesday that it will consider replacing EU funding for peace projects on the island.
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That's after Northern Irish politicians warned that Brexit's likely to add to sectarian tensions and could entrench a political standoff that has damaged the economy.