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Alban Maginness: Why Northern Ireland business leaders are right not to be cowed by DUP's Project Fear over May's withdrawal plan 

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21.11.2018

So farcical has Brexit become that it brings to mind the comic novel of the late master of comedy, Spike Milligan, Puckoon. In that brilliant book, Milligan parodies the absurdity and madness of the task of the Irish Boundary Commission attempting to meaningfully establish the meandering boundary between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.

Due to the idiocy of the commission, the new border partitions into two parts the imaginary village of Puckoon, leaving most of the village in the Free State and the rest in Northern Ireland.

If readers want some light relief from the mind-numbing detail of Brexit, then Puckoon is surely a humorous distraction. But the serious lesson put forward by Milligan in Puckoon is the innate absurdity of the border, which underlines the consequential damage that will befall all of us in the scary eventuality of a hard border arising out of a bad deal, or a no-deal, between the British Government and Brussels.

To the general surprise and relief of most right-minded people, Theresa May has produced a deal with Brussels. Most informed experts agree that it is an imperfect deal, but one that is liveable with.........

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