Published on 27th February 2017 by

Brexit has reawoken some old divisions between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Subscribe to Journeyman here:

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Following Brexit, divisions between communities are reappearing in Northern Ireland. The vote split along sectarian lines, with 85% of Catholics voting to remain, compared to 40% of Protestants.

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What is the future of Northern Ireland after Brexit? Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, believes the reintroduction of a guarded border is inevitable: “there will be tariffs, there will be economic penalties and there will be physical manifestations of a hard border”. The potentially violent outcome of this division has been used to support the argument that Northern Ireland should be exempt from Brexit, an idea met with fierce opposition.

DUP spokesman Sammy Wilson states that “Brexit should not be used an an excuse to weaken the union”. But for falsely accused ex-prisoner Paul O’Neill, the EU has done more for victims of the Troubles than the British government, who “promised to provide assistance to ex-prisoners and their families. But it was EU money that allowed that to happen”.

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