Another gaffe for the president of the United States, who has been visiting Europe since last June 3rd. Yesterday Donald Trump met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Iralada Leo Varadkar. In the course of the meeting there was talk above all of Brexit, Trump said he was convinced that "You, like the United States, have a border problem, but everything will go well with your wall and your border, you will succeed". However, after a moment of embarrassment Varadkar corrected Trump: "We are working precisely for the purpose of not building any wall or physical boundary".
The misunderstanding derives from the problems born between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland with the Brexit issue: if it were implemented, in fact, the Irish border would become the only land border between Great Britain (which includes Northern Ireland) and the European Union (which includes Ireland, which joined the then European Community). Today that border is invisible, open to the reciprocal circulation of goods and citizens, but the risk is that of a new tightening between the two borders that could rekindle old political tensions. All this has been averted thanks to the 'backstop' (the compromise reached and signed by Theresa May in November 2018) which ensures that no "hard border" (physical border) between Ireland and Northern Ireland will be drafted if the UK and EU fail to find a long-term business partnership.