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Parker Ennis

Parker Ennis is an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is studying International Relations with a focus on international law and cross cultural diplomacy. As an ROTC cadet on scholarship he will commission as an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation

On June 23rd, 2016, the citizens of the UK voted to leave the European Union. This began an unprecedented process of dissociation, commonly known as Brexit. Among the many challenges that Brexit poses is how to handle the border between Britain and the Republic of Ireland. In the recent past, the “soft” border between the two nations has allowed for the free flow of people and goods. However, if Brexit negotiations fail, a “hard” border will replace the currently soft border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. This presents a problem because under present conditions the border allows for mutually beneficial economic and social exchange, as well as having been instrumental in guaranteeing the Northern Irish peace process. This border …