3eyes wrote: ↑
September 12th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Today while getting a tooth pulled I met an Irishwoman from just south of the border who thinks that if there's a no-deal Brexit the "Six Counties" will have a referendum about whether to join Ireland and likely will vote yes. Thoughts?
I am not at all sure. It's important to bear in mind that the DUP is not representative of all the people of the North. The Alliance party, which is the centre-ground party, is actually making up ground on the two extremes of Sinn Féin and the DUP.
Peter Robinson, the former DUP leader, over the last year has broached the topic of considering how the Unionist community would respond to such a re-unification poll. Leo Varadkar, leader of the centre right Fine Gael party has appeared (to me at least) to be in no rush to support such a poll, saying that re-unification would potentially require a new Irish constitution, new flag, new anthem - in essence a new understanding of Irishness. Sinn Féin is, of course, advocating that a no-deal scenario is the right moment for there to be a border poll.
I think that it is fair to say that Brexit has given a push to the starting of considerations around what Irish re-unification would entail across all communities, north and south. I do not expect a no-deal Brexit to result in an immediate referendum though. The delicate, multi-stranded discussions have started, but many groups are only beginning on the road to working out what their stance on the issue might be.
Sorry to hear about the tooth!