British Labour Party Shocks MEPs By Dismissing Danger Of Hard Border In Ireland

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The news that a senior member of the British Labour Party has dismissed the likelihood of a return to open conflict in the north-east of Ireland if a “hard border” is imposed around the United Kingdom’s anomalous territory on the island is no surprise to anyone with a knowledge of modern Irish history. Many of the most draconian counterinsurgency policies implemented by the UK during the first decade of the so-called Troubles were ordered by Labour governments in London. More contemporaneously, some in the political grouping make no secret about placing a greater value on electoral success at home than they do about maintaining peace in the country’s last bit of overseas’ empire. That includes taking a softly softly approach to Brexit, voicing no more than rhetorical concerns about the chaotic nature of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and its future relations with the continental bloc.

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