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Brexit and Northern Ireland: trouble brewing?
12.6.17
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"THERE can be no doubt that Brexit is reopening old wounds in Northern Ireland.

The pattern of the election results speaks for itself.

The image above shows Sinn Féin’s clean sweep along the border and the DUP stronghold in the north east.

The distribution of seats matches a recent data map by The Detail which revealed the extent to which Catholic and Protestant communities continue to live apart, nearly 20 years after the violence of the Troubles ended.

But these patterns are inherited from the distant past."

See: Brexit, Theresa May, and the Ulster Plantation (The Detail, link)

Theresa May announced her intention for the Conservative Party to govern with the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party following the UK general election on 8 June. See: Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP support thrown into confusion (The Guardian, link):

"Theresa May’s plan for a loose alliance with the Democratic Unionists to prop up her government was thrown into confusion on Saturday night after the Northern Ireland party contradicted a No 10 announcement that a deal had been reached."

And: detailed analysis of the constitutional and legal complications surrounding Brexit and devolved powers in Northern Ireland: The Great Repeal Bill and the Good Friday Agreement – Cementing a Stalemate or Constitutional Collision Course? (UK Constitutional Law Association) by Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder:

"As predicted, Brexit is proving to be profoundly destabilising for the peace process and the constitutional politics of Northern Ireland. An outcome that lacks the consent of the people of Northern Ireland (a majority voted to remain) is re-opening fundamental questions about future relationships across these islands. We argue that this constitutional mess has potentially created a ‘perfect storm’, and leaves many here struggling with the troubling consequences."

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