There are no border walls or customs agents between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but there is plenty of uncertainty and the gaze of global investors as the countdown to Brexit nears its end in the week ahead.
The British exit from the European Union common trading market has highlighted the difficulty between a popular economic desire to go it alone and the economic reality of intertwined fortunes.
It has been more than three years since 52% of UK voters decided to leave the European Union. The work was supposed to take two years. It has cost two prime ministers their jobs and has been postponed twice over the failure of the parties to hammer out agreeable terms for withdrawal.
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