The Guardian newspaper has today reported that a confidential study conducted by the UK government and the European commission has listed 142 cross-border activities on the island of Ireland that would be negatively impacted by a hard Brexit.
The list was based on work initiated by the UK government in August after a request from Brussels to help negotiators on both sides understand what the impact on citizens would be, amid concerns that a position paper published by the British focused solely on trade, and ignored, for example, aspects of the Good Friday peace agreement.
According to the report, heart surgery in Dublin for children from Northern Ireland would be affected as well as cancer treatment in Derry for people from the Republic because patients, clinicians and ambulances are free to move across the border without checks. Mobile phone roaming could also be affected.
Speaking to the Guardian, a source familiar with the exercise said, "We are now working with the European commission on an ongoing mapping project to make sure we have a full understanding of what is involved."