A report looking at the impact of Brexit on Ireland says a hard border will have a detrimental impact on the island.
By Eddie Butler, Northern Sound: http://www.northernsound.ie/new-report-asks-brexit-will-lead-united-ireland/
The Brexit and the Future of Ireland report says the arrangements prior to the reunification of Germany should be examined to ensure the stability of economies both sides of the border.
Research carried out for the report shows Northern Ireland is likely to suffer a disproportionate effect after Brexit as its trading links with the south are stronger than those with mainland Britain.
Passport controls are a concern for people and businesses across Cavan and Monaghan but the report says any controls should be along the same basis as those in place between 1939 and 1952, which saw passport checks between the island of Ireland and Britain.
The report also says the island of Ireland would benefit economically from reunification.
A pre-Brexit study found that there would be a 35.6 billion economic benefit for the whole island in the first 8 years after reunification – but this figure is likely to have decreased as a result of Brexit.