There was always going to be a hard border in the event of a hard Brexit. Anyone who couldn't see that is as dull as dishwater. The real question here is "does he have the balls to hold his nerve and dig his heels in?"Ever since the start of the Brexit negotiations Ireland's position in throwing all the eggs in the EU basket has been a very risky one.
The position of course to create some leverage should have been for Ireland to say, even as a bluff, it would consider it's position in the EU depending on how the withdrawal negotiations went with the UK. Thus being in a position to play the EU and UK for Ireland's advantage.
So now the EU's position on a hard border is shifting, will Leo muster the strength to say "Well if there is to be a hard border in the event of no deal, Ireland will need to consider it's position in the EU"?
EU now looks set to ask Ireland to accept concessions - Independent.ie
Westminster will not go for a hard Brexit on the 29th March despite what anyone said previously. There aren't enough reckless lunatics like Johnson and Rees Mogg to muster up the numbers for that.