Brian Keegan: Latest Brexit row shows that changing borders has a price

A lack of any serious engagement with the economic consequences of Brexit means that further crises and flashpoints are inevitable

7th February, 2021
Brian Keegan: Latest Brexit row shows that changing borders has a price
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party is planning for a second independence referendum in the wake of Brexit. Photo: Getty

Brexit has been divisive, and will continue to be so, largely because economic issues were not explored with any rigour in the political decision-making process.

As the events in the North over the past week have shown, problems arise when international boundaries are redrafted. Brexit was not merely a matter of reorganising economic and regulatory arrangements. It changed the borders of the European Union. Those changes are becoming more pronounced with every passing week.

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