Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, Davis made his vow about not returning to the past in terms of armed checkpoints and border checks. He wrote: “We had a common travel area between the UK and the Republic of Ireland many years before either country was a member of the European Union. “We are clear we do not want a hard border – no return to the past – and no unnecessary barriers to trade.
Hmm. A border is made up of two sides. Through the UK’s actions, the EU may insist on border controls – as they do with every other land border they have. But in Davis’s world that will be the EU’s fault.