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With the revolutionary nationalists of Sinn Féin steadily gaining in support and breathing down their necks, the Dublin government, despite being led by Fine Gael, traditionally the most pro-British party in mainstream politics in that state, has been forced to take a stand. And, with Britain heading for the exit, rather than being even-headed, the remaining 26 member states of the EU only have an obligation to back the Irish position.
It was therefore highly significant that an opinion poll conducted in early December showed for the first time that people in the north of Ireland would prefer to join a united Ireland and maintain their EU membership than stay in the UK and be outside the bloc in the event of a 'hard Brexit'. ... Duncan Morrow, a Politics lecturer at Ulster University, described the result as probably the first time a poll in northern Ireland had shown "a majority for a United Ireland in any circumstances".
It is important to also note that Sinn Féin does not give a blank cheque to the reactionary imperialist role of the EU. On 13 December, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan condemned two votes in the European Parliament, which called for greater militarisation. Speaking from Strasbourg, she said:"Not only have the Fine Gael MEPs voted in favour of the militarisation of the EU and shown their commitment to increased defence spending, they have also voted in favour of removing the national veto on common foreign and security policy decisions. This would make small member states like Ireland virtually powerless when it comes to foreign policy decisions. "Fine Gael need to be clear with the Irish people about the militarised, undemocratic Europe that they are helping to build."
In marked contrast to the couple-type and business-type manipulations, whether the service refusal is for explicitly religious or explicitly nonreligious reasons appears inconsequential.
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