Pretty interesting read in the Economist about how Brexit could lead to a unified Ireland. Northern Ireland is separated from the rest of Ireland and is a member of the United Kingdom (since 1921), which is now dealing with the repercussions of Brexit. Brexit has already created talk of Scottish independence and now there is also talk of Ireland re-unification happening. I.e. Northern Ireland becoming a member of Ireland again.
It sounds like Northern Ireland, like Scotland, wants to be in the E.U. and increasingly sees the value of joining with Ireland again. Plus, the whole Protestant vs. Catholic thing isn’t as big of a deal as it used it to be. It’s close to an even split between Protestants and Catholics with Catholics gaining ground. In the very near future, Northern Ireland will be as Catholic as the rest of Ireland. So, there goes that important distinction. I.e. Northern Ireland being Protestant and Ireland being Catholic.
It’s going to be interesting to see where Brexit takes us and what happens to the United Kingdom as a result. It’s very possible that in the relatively near future, the U.K. will either dissolve altogether or be a shell of its former self.