United Kingdom negotiators have reportedly made a proposal to their European Union counterparts, opening the door to a possible transition deal for when Britain leaves the EU being agreed by January 2018.
According to one lady, this is where the Irish border is.
In order to minimize any negative implications of Brexit on the peace process, Hayward suggests maintaining the context of the existing cooperation, which would include keeping the "soft" border, maintenance of a common legal and regulatory framework and continued access to European Union funding and programmes.
While Ireland's situation has generated sympathy in the rest of the EU, there is also wariness about any special arrangement on the border that could give British companies, and smugglers, a backdoor into the EU market, or compromise EU standards on animal welfare.
He applauds Britain's aspirations and language about a frictionless border, but the Republic's government is holding firm on progress on the issue because it's felt the United Kingdom is sending out mixed signals. There's pretty much always been an open border.
They were then asked to draw, on a blank map of Ireland, a line that they thought represented the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Technological solutions for overcoming the border problem are a non-starter as they would "still involve checks in farmyards, factories and offices". It was very hard to stop the first time, and there is no particular reason why a renewed war couldn't last another thirty years and kill thousands more.
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If you must go, they said, then leave the inner Irish border open and put your customs and immigration controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom (which are conveniently separated by the Irish Sea).
"I do think the Irish are just making trouble because they lost".
With the UK's divorce bill reportedly settled, European Union citizens' rights and Ireland remain the potential stumbling blocks that could hamper negotiations.
Theresa May is finally cornered, and the United Kingdom may end up "crashing out" of the European Union with no deal at all.
The pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which strongly supports British rule in Northern Ireland, has said it will not countenance the province operating under different regulations to the rest of the UK.
"The British government can call it a "customs union partnership", which is the language they use - I don't mind what language they use but what I don't want is unnecessary barriers to trade on the island of Ireland or between Ireland and Britain".