Brexit: Clear thinking, common misunderstandings and ambiguous phrases

IIEA29th January 20191min
In this short article on behalf of the IIEA’s UK Group, John Temple Lang aims to provide some clarity on a number of phrases which, though widely used in the Brexit debate, are little understood, and which have caused some confusion.

Written by John Temple Lang

In this short article on behalf of the IIEA’s UK Group, John Temple Lang notes that in the public discussion about Brexit, there are a number of phrases which though widely used are little understood, and have caused some confusion. This is particularly true of phrases such as “hard border” and “soft border”, which are used frequently in the debate over Northern Ireland and the controversial ‘backstop’ solution.