Then why bother?Why Ireland is biggest stumbling block in reaching a Brexit deal
UK and EU want to avoid hard border between north and south but can’t see how to do it
There is a simple though brutal solution to the Northern Ireland border issue: push sovereign independence on the provence regardless of whether the locals want it or not. Excise it out of the United Kingdom. After all, the UK has in the past pushed sovereign independence on dozens of former colonies in Africa, South Asia and the Pacific basin many of whom have since proven themselves unfit to be trusted to shoulder the responsibilities of national sovereignty. So why make an exception for Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland has a sum total population of but 1.8 million out of a total UK population of over 66 million. Why should concern over the wellbeing and destiny of such a pissant sized appendage be allowed to jeopardise the destiny of the remainder?
In the world of corporate business Northern Ireland would be described with the euphemism of being a "non-performing asset". Polite jargon for a loss-making white elephant. Northern Ireland has for the past 70 years soaked up subsidies from both Westminster and Brussels in return for which this provence contributes absolutely nothing to the economic strength and solvency of neither. So why not get rid of it?
Northern Ireland's Victorian era role of once having been a humming industrial hub of the United Kingdom is now a past glory; a faded memory. Its prosperity was based upon shipbuilding and linen manufacture. The Harland and Wolff shipyard in belfast (where the Titanic was built) is now a maritime museum while these days who ever buys a linen business shirt?
The fact that no former UK government has dispensed with it for the greater benefit of mainland Britain makes me wonder whether Buckingham Palace has had a hand in restraining UK parliamentary governments from giving the place the flick?