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Soft Border Agreement

Given that the DUP did the Brexit part while Sinn Féin supported remaining, this could pose problems, even if the positions of the DUP and Sinn Féin in the debate on the European referendum were predictable. It would only be used as a last resort or standard option if the EU and the UK fail to reach a comprehensive free trade agreement that would make trade so smooth that there would be no border between the EU and the UK, even on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. It could be argued that a hard border would make it more difficult to exploit this part of the agreement. Tariffs (in the form of customs duties) may be paid. [15] This was the position that applied to the border from 1923 until the Single European Act of 1993. .