If only we could be an independent country and sort out such matters for ourselves . But our betters in the Eu know whats best for us and we jump to their command . Is this the Freedom our predecessors fought for.......The UK and ROI cannot agree to an open border outside a wider open border agreement between the EU and the UK. That is basically all there is to it. The UK position announced today amounts to precisely nothing, unless the UK agrees to the four freedoms. And if the UK agrees to the four freedoms, Brexit was entirely for nought.