Juggling Brexit and the Irish border

The trade-off between leaving the customs union and maintaining an open border in Ireland appears an intractable problem for Theresa May. But failure to solve it could mean a ‘no deal’ exit. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

The ‘in-out’ fight is the principal antagonism in negotiations with the EU

Customs union conundrums and the upcoming local elections

The issue is critical because it marks the frontier between a ‘hard’ and a ‘soft’ deal

After Brexit the UK must keep its borders open to European trade

May is buffeted by opposing forces over the Irish border and customs union questions

The Home Office needs a new approach, not national identity cards

Letter from Mark Burges Watson, The Peak, Hong Kong — The most read letter of the last week

Letter from C Hayward, Morgins, Switzerland