Sorry dreamers, Brexit doesn’t make a United Ireland inevitable
The past week has seen a glut of opinion pieces claiming a United Ireland is suddenly on the cards. Plenty of otherwise intelligent people are jumping the gun.
Sorry to be a party-pooper here. Because since pro-British Unionists finally lost their outright majority in the north of Ireland assembly, an awful lot of rubbish has been written and said about the imminent ‘inevitability’ of a United Ireland. On radio, television, blogs, social media posts and even in ‘serious’ newspapers. But the reality is a 32-county state is most likely not impending.
Sure, there is absolutely no doubt how, from Bantry Bay to Derry Quay and from Galway to Dublin town, the vast majority of Irish people theoretically want a unified island. And always have done so, regardless of London’s commitment to its loyalists and their devotion, in turn, to everything British. It’s also irrefutable that Ulster’s Protestant community has mellowed in its attitude to Dublin. And how its liberal members have become increasingly disenchanted with unionism. Which, in its present condition, is as backward as a fellow riding a High Nelly in a world of electric cars. Anyway, it was always a cadaverous, dogmatic conviction hatched in the trenches of perdition. Much like the Catholic chauvinism it felt repugnance toward.
However, it’s not just as simple as holding a border poll and assuming Brexit was the final straw for the union. Because even if at least 50.01 percent of people in the north approve their quasi-state’s passage south, the craic will only be beginning. And that’s if you can even reach the magic number. This is going to require filthy lucre – and lots of it – allied to a complete reorganization of both economies.
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