BORDERS - HOW TO MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL.
So we have a 'hard border' between the United Kingdom and our European neighbours again. So we have to show passports to pass through it again. So importers and exporters now have to juggle a bit of paperwork again. Big deal! In some quarters, this is being painted as the end of the world - a Brexit folly. And yet, in reality, a border can be as hard or as soft as the two countries that share it choose it to be.
Indeed, there is - and always has been - a 'hard border' between the United States and Canada. However, it's not - and never has been - an insurmountable border. Indeed, as borders go, it's actually quite a 'soft' one - "the longest undefended border on Earth", as our transatlantic cousins like to say - and every day tens of thousands of people and tens of thousands of tons of goods pass between the two countries without any particular hassle.
And yes, of course, it's not as easy to move people or goods between Michigan and Ontario as it is between Michigan and Indiana, for example. But hey, that's the way Canadians like it if it means their country remains a sovereign nation governed from Ottawa rather than Washington.
So, if Americans and Canadians can happily co-exist with borders and passports and paperwork (even though their two countries share far more in common culturally and linguistically than most EU member states), why is a border to demarcate that Britain is once again a sovereign nation such a big deal?
Unless, of course, the people on the other side of the English Channel - and their Remainer cheerleaders over here - want to make it one.
Guest Post - Ray Burston, Author