Northern results do not make a united Ireland inevitable
The boost for Alliance shows that voting remain is not the same thing as wanting reunification, argues Dr Katy Hayward.
Minutes after the general election exit poll results were known on Thursday night, the term “United Ireland” was trending on Twitter in Northern Ireland. It is easy to see why. The electoral map in the North is now starkly different in style and substance to that of Britain.
For a start, the strongest message coming from the region’s voters in this election is a rejection of Brexit. And a common concern of every single one of its 18 MPs is wariness of the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Boris Johnson.
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Article originally appeared in The Irish Times.