What are we going to do about Northern Ireland?

The province, which this year marks 100 years of existence as a separate entity, is slowly slipping out of its London orbit and moving into the gravitational pull of Dublin and Brussels.

Brexit has had a unique impact on what was already a unique corner of the UK. Since 1 January, thanks to Britain’s departure from the European Union last year, goods from GB bound for Belfast, Larne, Newry and Londonderry have been subject to customs checks and regulatory inspection.

On the “island of Ireland,” however, all is smooth sailing. Businesses based on either side of the Border don’t have to worry about being cut off from their natural hinterland.