"No decision means everyone is afraid." Gerard Crowe runs a butchers in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. He’s been operating in the border town since 1987. 

"It took an hour to cross the border most days, just for a one-day trip. We'd hate to see that back," he told me when I visited today.

Now Gerard buys most of his meat from farmers in Ireland, but he says most of the ingredients and supplies he buys, as well as fresh chickens and turkeys, are bought from suppliers in Northern Ireland.

He, like many people who pass through the shop when we are there today, is frustrated at what’s happening in the UK.

"It’s ok for people in parliaments talking, it’s people like us in border areas who are suffering economically and financially."

Our border counties and the environs of Westminster are not a million miles away in a literal sense but metaphorically they are worlds apart.

It’s in places like Ballyconnell that the harsh lessons of Brexit will be most keenly felt and in many instances by people who never voted to leave in the first place and by people who never had a say in the process either way.

Ballyconnell is located about one mile from the border with Fermanagh. Today, there's very little physical evidence of the border's existence.

If you drive the short journey from Ballyconnell to Derrylin in Fermanagh, the only way you know you've crossed the border is when road signs change and the speed limits switch from kilometres per hour to miles.

It’s not difficult to detect the unease on the ground amidst all the confusion and bewilderment.

Tommy Cassidy runs a service station on the Derrylin road. His forecourt straddles north and south. At lunchtime today, it was busy, with business coming from both north and south.

During our conversation, he produces a copy of The Irish Post newspaper from 1984, showing a picture of a house that once stood on this site.

"Two of the brothers slept in the north" he told us. "The other brother slept in the South". "I don’t know where they had breakfast," he joked.

That’s how complex the border is.

"You can’t draw a straight line down the middle of the road. It’s not that simple" he explained.

Tommy believes the British government has no understanding of Ireland’s unique situation.

"I just don’t know how you would govern how we would operate, like differentials in fuel prices is one thing," he explained.

"But if you take the companies that operate in Derrylin and go to Ballyconnell every day for products, where is there going to be somebody on the road to check them, or will there be someone on the road to check them?" he asked.

An estimated 20,000 people traverse the border daily for work. How the developments of the coming months and years will impact on their lives and families is, at this stage, anyone’s guess.

Attempts by various political figures in Britain to play down the border issue since the now infamous Brexit vote does a disservice to the trials and challenges endured by so many people in this part of the country.

To continue to peddle this line while at the same time alluding to Norwegian or Canadian style arrangements based on technology is frustrating people here.

The agricultural sector has plenty to lose on both sides of the border from any scenario that would see Britain no longer remain within the European Single Market or the EU Customs Union.

Trade tariffs, the taxes imposed on imports and exports, are a major concern for people here. 

Larry Lee, a beef and poultry farmer, lives less than a mile from the north. He also runs a pub in Ballyconnell.

 "The big worry in this neck of the woods is tariffs. No one knows what tariffs there’s going to be, how much they will be, how much it’s going cost, who’s going to pay, that’s the huge factor, for people both sides of the border."

So, what of the border communities? Pledges that there will be no return to a hard border are admirable but not exactly reassuring.

The people here feel they're not high on anyone’s priority list and they know the full picture of just what this will all mean to them could be about to come into view.