Britain cannot afford an open border with the Republic of Ireland, for there are more reasons against an open border than having a border between these two countries.
For a start there were 17+ million British citizens who voted for Britain to leave the European Union, from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Selecting Northern Ireland, to partially remain shackled to the EU would be a denial of Northern Ireland’s British identity/citizenship, that I expect would or may be contrary, to international law?
As the civil rights of Northern Ireland’s citizens would be denied.
Now many countries the world over have a border, eg the US and Canada, no problem experienced there with controlled movement of people in any direction, nor trade between each other.
Whilst Britain cannot afford an Irish open border, the European Union cannot afford Britain leaving, as this will beyond all doubt collapse the European Union.
Now leaving aside all this, the main purpose of the European Union is not trade, but to have Britain’s monetary contributions and military power, to progress the EU’s ultimate aim, of having a European defence force, from 28 countries, particularly Britain.
It was Theresa May herself, who once said that she preferred a no deal to a bad deal, so I say with respect the British prime minister: the European Union, with the assistance of the Republic of Ireland, has been granted her this opportunity, to implement her original view.
Harry Stephenson, Kircubbin, Co Down