Brendan Hughes: Nationalism fails to increase support for Irish unity amid Brexit chaos


Michelle O’Neill at home

In the wake of the turmoil of Brexit, the Protocols and Westminster power struggles by the Conservatives, how can nationalism not comprehensively increase its support for Irish unity?

Only 30% of people will vote for a united Ireland tomorrow, according to a recent survey by the University of Liverpool/Irish News.

This number is increasing in the long term, but not by much, with 33.4% saying it will support Irish unity in 15-20 years.

This is down from 39.8% of the first votes cast by Sinn Féin and the SDLP in the 2017 Stormont Assembly elections.

Support for the Irish contingent fell further when respondents were offered the prospect of higher taxes or the payment of fees for free healthcare currently through the NHS.

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So it remains the task of the two parties to get 24.7% of the approval, who neither agree nor disagree.

But nationalism also faces challenges south of the border, where a survey conducted last year showed many against changing anything about the republic for the sake of a united Ireland.

Although a majority supported the unification of Ireland, the majority said they would not accept higher taxes, spending cuts, a new flag or anthem.

So it is no surprise that Shane Fein has changed his approach to the ongoing campaign for the Stormont Society.

The Republican Party has downplayed its border ballot ambitions as they seek broader support in their efforts to overtake the DUP as the largest group in Stormont.

“I don’t think people woke up thinking about it this morning,” Michelle O’Neill, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, said in response to a recent Irish unity poll this week.

He said the day would come when people would vote for Northern Ireland’s constitutional future, but for now they were focusing on the cost of living.

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Democratic Party leader Colom Eastwood accused Sinn Fein of being “naturally slow to learn” as he moved from the “imaginary country” and has consistently called for an immediate border investigation.

“This work, of course, has to be done, and the conversation has to be heard, but people fight every day, and four weeks after the Sinn Féin elections, they are now starting to talk about people’s problems instead of talking about counter-border polls,” he said. She said.

Sinn Féin’s focus is not on the SDLP, but on the DUP surplus, which is increasingly feeding unionists’ concerns about border voting for voters.

DUP leader Sir Geoffrey Donaldson says Sinn Féin will win the most seats in the May election, and thus, the right to be prime minister will lead to years of referendum controversy.

The choice in this election is clear and obvious. Sinn Fein wants a mandate to destabilize and divide borders. “They don’t hide their desire,” he said.

They want to plunge Northern Ireland into years of division and uncertainty.”

He is somewhat wealthy from the party that ousted the executive in Stormont in February to protest the Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland and is actively seeking a mandate not to return soon.

Of course, the Prime Minister’s Office – the equal and equal position of Deputy Prime Minister – does not have the power to decide when and when a border vote will be scheduled. This responsibility rests with the Secretary of State.

It’s also hard to believe that Sinn Féin’s reason for being came to the fore. Instead, the Republican Party is playing for the long haul.

If the party joins government on both sides of the border in the next few years, polls suggest, it will inevitably use that perspective to push for a referendum on Irish unity.

But this is a very remote possibility. Currently, waiting lists for hospitals, schools, cost of living and many other issues being handed over to Stormont is where politicians can and should make changes.

Source: Belfastlive


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