LETTERKENNY, Ireland — The cows stand oblivious in the relentless drizzle, seemingly untroubled by their proximity to the border. But the farmer spreading grain for his heifers feels the demarcation with deep unease. It is a barrier that risks separating him from feed and fertilizer. Lawrence McNamee’s dairy farm sits just inside the Republic of Ireland, on a lush patch of County Donegal. The port for ships bearing feed and fertilizer lies just up the road, yet it is on the other side of the line in Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. For the past 20 years, the border has existed on paper alone. Britain and the Republic of Ireland are both members of the European Union and its common marketplace. So people, goods and livestock can come and go as they please, traversing the mostly invisible line without tariffs or bureaucratic hindrance. But Britain’s looming exit from the European bloc, known widely as Brexit, threatens to make the old border real again — a factor that has long collided with any prospect of a smooth divorce. Mr. McNamee could wind up paying steep tariffs for feed and fertilizers. He could find it difficult to bring in veterinarians… Read full this story
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