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With a nod to Dean Swift, my modest proposal for sorting out US/UK border woes

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06.12.2018

In recent weeks British Prime Minister Theresa May has been puzzling out the exact nature of the post-Brexit demarcation between Northern Ireland and the Republic, while President Trump has been issuing dodgy decrees designed to handle the ragtag migrant groups that seem to gather every few months in the vicinity of the US-Mexico border.

Now, I have only a smattering of insight to offer Mrs. May when it comes to a workable boundary arrangement vis-à-vis the North. During all my years in Dublin, I've crossed into Northern Ireland perhaps two or three times and have just one thing to say about the experience: Having heard repeated claims about the superiority of British infrastructure, I was disappointed to find the roads leading to Belfast decidedly shabbier than those on the Republic side. (Thank you, EU!)

Likewise, I've crossed into Mexico just once, briefly, from Laredo in Texas to Nuevo Laredo, while I was visiting a friend in San Antonio, so my experience there is also limited. Even so, I may have chanced upon a solution to America's southern border difficulties. My eureka moment occurred as I was reading a fascinating essay in a recent edition of Granta magazine. “Between Great Fires” by William Atkins paints a........

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