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Irish Reunification

It’s Only a Matter of Time

Once again the question of a united Ireland is back on the table – in Dublin and in Belfast

Ireland is well used to the indifference of Britain. Theresa May’s Brexit agenda, as David Davis confirmed to a recent Commons select committee, threatens the realistic prospect of a hard customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic with the imposition of tariffs on agricultural trade of up to forty per cent – seriously endangering the economies of both countries. In Britain the government and the news media remain silent on the havoc England’s decision to leave the European Union is wreaking in Northern Ireland. In Ireland – both north and south – the question of what Brexit means for the future of Ireland refuses to be dislodged from the front pages.

Paul Kavanagh’s recent optimism about the outcome of a second independence referendum in Scotland, writing, “We’re living in the last days of the UK,” reminds us that the impending breakup of the Union is by no means limited to Scotland’s growing desire for self-determination. Northern Ireland too rejected Brexit, with almost fifty-six per cent of the electorate voting to remain, and wheels are now turning there to put pressure on London to allow a border poll that might well bring about the reunification of the six counties with the rest of the country.

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iScot Magazine April 2017 - issue 28 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with 'Blaze the mountaineering dug' front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Will MacLeod, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Ann MacKinnon, Angela Robb, David MacKenzie, and Jason Michael McCann