Cows stand under a sign of a disused Irish border office outside Dundalk. AFP / Paul FAITH
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Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the U.K. from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the region. The border between the United Kingdom's Northern Ireland and the European Union's Republic of Ireland is currently unpoliced and invisible thanks to an EU rule that allows people and goods to travel freely. The big fear in this region is that Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, which aims to safeguard an open border, will fall apart and the U.K. will leave the EU with no deal on future relations. An estimated 30,000 people cross the border every day.Looking back into the past, Deary recalls when as a child he would go swimming at a spot across the border and had to face border guards.
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