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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Could Brexit take Northern Ireland back to the bad old days?

Could Brexit take Northern Ireland back to the bad old days?
- Set apart across the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK - Gibraltar aside - to share a land border with another EU member, the Irish Republic. This distance and difference leads many Northern Irish to believe they are of marginal significance to those in England, especially those in Westminster. The divisive importance of religion emphasises that sense of otherness. Catholic and republican Sinn Fein was strongly for Remain. The DUP was for leaving but clearly did not take anything like the whole Protestant population with it - the current religious split is thought to be 48% Protestant and 45% Catholic.