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British Airways and Aer Lingus,  warned that a drop in travel demand and a slide in the value of the pound could hurt earnings.

Shares in Eurotunnel, which manages and operates the channel tunnel between Britain and France has  dropped minimum by 17 per cent.

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Flybe  stock had fallen about 81 percent , and the company is facing ‘headwinds’

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Is a Euro-exit such a great idea for Britain?

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And a different question, besides the commercial one….

Will Brexit reopen old wounds with a new hard border in Northern Ireland?

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The motorway from Dublin to Belfast crosses the Irish border just south of the town of Newry. The only clue that you have moved from one country and jurisdiction to another is provided by the speed limit signs, which change from kilometres to miles per hour. Since this stretch of the motorway was opened in July 2010, the journey from one capital to the other takes, on a good day, just 90 minutes.

A few hundred yards away from the motorway, and running almost parallel to it, is the old Dublin to Belfast road, which, throughout the Troubles, was the main conduit for traffic between Ireland and Northern Ireland. On a bad day then, it could take up to 90 minutes just to negotiate the heavily fortified British army checkpoint that stood on the outskirts of Newry, on this road.

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Nobody (in their right mind) wants to return to this…..

It was said that the soldiers stationed in the tall watchtowers on the hills above the checkpoint could see for miles in every direction and hear what was said in every stalled vehicle in the often long queues that built up daily on each side of the border crossing.

A recent Irish government survey noted that there are now around 200 border crossing points and an estimated 177,000 lorries, 208,000 vans and 1.85m cars travel to and from Northern Ireland every month.

Does Brexit mean that checkpoints of some kind could reappear, to prevent the movement of goods and people from European Ireland into British Northern Ireland?

In March, an Irish Times headline provided a stark answer to that question. It read “Brexit: There will be a hard border. The only question is where?” There has been a degree of concern bordering on panic .

Panic about the imposition of tariffs, the impact on farmers, the beef and milk industries, small businesses and the estimated 30,000 people who travel to work from one side of the border to the other to work daily in schools, offices and hospitals. Then there is the possible impact on the peace process.

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Do the foolish Tory-Brits want to see a return to this again, after years of hard negotiation to bring peace to Belfast and Northern Ireland?

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