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Northern Ireland is taking a ‘business as usual’ approach as Brexit looms

As the March 29 deadline for Brexit approaches with no sign the U.K. government is close to a final deal, one region is watching the proceedings with a bit more at stake than others.

Northern Ireland, the smallest of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, has been prepping for a so-called no-deal Brexit, while hoping hard that it can avoid the reintroduction of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, its closest neighbor and an EU member. The EU and U.K. are keen to avoid the restoration of customs checks and guard posts at the border that separates the six counties of Northern Ireland from the Republic that existed during the long period of unrest known as “The Troubles.

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