UK's Brexit posturing is the stuff of fantasy
Allowing oneself maximum space for negotiation is regarded as smart, but the latest Brexit proposals revealed yesterday by the British government would require the gift of bilocation to be met.
Seemingly exhausted by the debate as to whether to plump for a hard or soft Brexit, Theresa May's government has gone for both in seeking to remain both inside and outside the EU. This is akin to looking for alimony after the divorce - and maintaining full conjugal rights for good measure. If the union is broken, one simply has to live with the consequences.
Ireland was always going to be in an invidious position once the red button on Brexit was pushed. An angry showdown over customs arrangements is not what we want but it could now be unavoidable.