Daniel Halliday
Oct 4 · Last update 17 hr. ago.

Considering Brexit, would a united Ireland be such a bad thing?

With the Northern Irish backstop still remaining one of the main hurdles to the Brexit negotiations after all this time, with the threat of violent be reignited in North Ireland by the presence of a hard border with Ireland being a large sticking point in negotiations. Tensions in Northern Ireland are in no doubt a creation of its chequered past with England and Britain, and Northern Ireland originally voted to remain in the European Union (EU). With this in mind, could the recognition of the root cause of this potential violence be finally addressed and the choice to resolve this issue be made, rather than treating it as the inevitable and impossible standoff that just needs avoiding? Could Northern Ireland remaining in the EU through the process of reunification with the Republic of Ireland, and establishing a united Ireland that is part of the EU, solve the Brexit standoff and allow the British government to avoid economic catastrophe and leave the EU with a deal?
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Yes, it would break down peace agreements within Ireland

Using Brexit to push for a unified Ireland would be terrible for the majority of citizens of Northern Ireland that staunchly don’t want this to happen. The Northern Irish backstop agreement is so important to Brexit as it could allow for the prevention of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when Britain leaves the EU. Politicians fear the establishment of a hard border as it is likely to re-igniting former issues of sectarian violence in the region, avoiding this difficult part of the Brexit negotiations by imposing Irish unification will certainly directly reignite fighting in the region, as Northern Ireland’s union within the United Kingdom is a matter of fierce pride and identity for many. Irish unification needs to come from the majority of people in BOTH regions and not due to the difficulty of the UK leaving the European Union.

cnbc.com/2019/10/03/uks-brexit-proposal-why-the-irish-border-backstop-remains-a-major-sticking-point.html

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Maybe not, but Brexit has other problems

Although Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU, the country was still quite sharply divided with 44.2% still voting to leave the EU. A vote for a united Ireland would be even more complicated and potentially violent, so it may actually complicate negotiations spreading them further. But inevitably, even with Boris Johnsons latest plan, there would still be many issues left to negotiate between the British Government and the European Union, the Irish backstop is not the foundation of the Brexit impasse.

bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36614443

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A positive move forward

The unification of Ireland wouldn't be bad, and could in fact go some way to address the 800 years of exploitation, injustice and conflict instigated by powerful English interests in the country. In fact in an opinion poll carried out by The Times newspaper the majority of people seemed to support such an outcome. While this would require much more negotiation in the long term, it remains the moral decision and would defiantly aid Brexit negotiations as Boris Johnson has already sought to get rid of the North Irish backstop plan.

historyonthenet.com/northern-ireland-timeline flickr.com/photos/bowbrick/27261079917 thehindu.com/news/international/boris-johnson-asks-eu-to-get-rid-of-backstop/article29247074.ece

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