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tbh, I think the leaver view of N Ireland is that the tribal BS of nationalists and unionists isn't worth subsidizing.

Right now, the DUP posturing has been entirely without consequence. Their particular sense of entitlement is that the rest of the UK will protect their privileges using military force c/w an amusingly one-eyed view on how justice is applied in the Province. Knowing that, up until now, the UK Government have been willing to blow £10 billion a year on buying a peace between 2 communities whose divisions stem from injustices rooted in the 17th century, they have become careless about Westminster's committment to the status quo.

If the absence of EU internationalism and Westminster subsidy leads to community tensions, then the Unionists may be disappointed in the lack of response from a Westminster likely to have problems to deal with nearer to home. An SOS from Belfast might garner a response which, whatever language is used, would boil down to one of "Grow Up" or "You made your bed, now lie in it".

The curious atavistic status quo of Ulster cannot survive any likely form of brexit. I suspect that May knows it, but tactically, doesn't feel the need to inform the DUP. The constant re-affirmations of a committment to Ulster which have little resonance within the Leave coalition suggests to me that Arlene Phillips is being played.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 18th, 2018 at 07:51:34 PM EST
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