In June 2017, InterTrade Ireland, a body set up under the Good Friday Agreement, published a blog by their director of strategy and policy, Aidan Gough, which laid out the opportunities and challenges that cross-border trading will face after Brexit.
In the space of one month 177,000 lorries, 205,000 vans and over 1.8m cars will cross the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In one day it is estimated that 30,000 people make the cross-border commute to work.
These lorries, vans, cars and people are involved in a trade in goods and services that now totals close to €6bn a year, growing at an average annual rate over the past twenty years at over 4 per cent.
This trade across the border is disproportionately important for small business.
The reality of this ‘frictionless’ land-border for many small businesses is that the all-island market is effectively their local market despite it being cross-border, a notion that is unfamiliar to many small businesses in Great Britain.
Batten is no stranger to criticisms of Ireland's close relationship with the EU. In November 2017, he called Ireland a 'tiny country that relies on the UK for its existence' and called for the common travel area to be 'revoked'.