Unionists, Brexiteers and mad Brits in general are missing the whole point of this really. This isn’t a negotiation on Ireland or what we want, this is a negotiation about the UKs future relationship with the EU. If they don’t want any relationship, they can walk away and not worry about Ireland or anything.
But our politicians do need to get down in the dirt sometimes and negotiate on the level of Paisley et al. Some of the people in the Ch 4 video are too thick to get subtleties and nuance. You can’t make the mistake Clinton did in the US election and believe people will see through rubbish, they don’t, they believe what they are programmed to believe. Our politicians need to skip over the UK politicians and the UK right wing papers and let their public know that
a) they can’t have an open border without a customs union or they are breaking WTO rules.
b) They also can’t have an open border without a customs union, because the likes of me who imports stuff from Asia, will legally flood them with all sort of shite to make as much money as possible.
c) They can’t close the border because a lot of the GFA is based on EU integration and free flow of goods people.
d) They can’t close the border because people like me who live on the border won’t accept it, so good luck to them trying to maintain it.
e) There is the issue of the common free travel area, which they can’t actually do away with as hundreds of thousands of six county citizens are ROI citizens, so there is no great solution for that from their point of view.
f) so basically a customs union with the six counties, or with the UK is the only game in town.
So as much as Varadaker and others like to talk about the historical complexities of a hard border, that is just going over the heads of most of the UK populace. They are used to being addressed by the likes of Boris Johnston… It is a credit to our politicians, and I don’t praise FG in particular lightly, but when the world is scrambling madly towards the bottom, Ireland at least is maintaining some level of decent political standard - but that doesn’t always work when dealing internationally.
But I hope the Irish populace take on this lesson that when push comes to shove, or even a good bit before that, the people of GB have completely no respect for the idea of Irish nationhood and even less for the rights of Northern Nationalists.