The status of Northern Ireland has been the subject of intense debate and decades of violence, known as the Troubles. Though Northern Ireland is now at peace, the question of whether it should remain in the United Kingdom or join the Republic of Ireland remains a source of contention. Should there be a united Ireland?
All 32 counties of Ireland should be united into a single nation with no land border
Brexit has made a united Ireland necessary
Brexit threatens to create a significant problem for Northern Ireland. To overcome the Brexit issue, it would be better for everyone if Ireland was united.
British rule in Ireland was never legitimate
Britain has no claim to any territory in Ireland as it claimed Northern Ireland by force and upheld its existence through undemocratic means
Ireland is one nation and should be one sovereign state
The people of Ireland are one nation and so Ireland should be united
It would streamline Ireland's economy
Two states existing on a small island like Ireland is wasteful as it leads to duplication of many services. A united Ireland would be the best economic solution.
A united Ireland would allow Northern Ireland to have a greater voice
In a smaller, and more representative, democracy, the views of Northern Ireland's 1.9m people can be heard, whereas they are currently drowned out by the size of the UK.
The majority of people in Ireland as a whole support it
Britain doesn't care about Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland should not be part of a c country that resents its existence as Britain does
Northern Ireland's status, as one of four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, should remain the same
It would disrupt the hard-won peace
A united Ireland is the most likely way the Troubles may restart and avoiding this should be a key priority for all
It would be giving in to the IRA
A united Ireland would be viewed as a victory for IRA terrorists
Brexit showed the dangers of major change by referendum
The Brexit referendum created chaos due to unclear consequences, misinformation and a close result. A united Ireland referendum would be a worse version of this
The Northern Irish people want to be part of the UK
Northern Ireland has a right to self-determination and the majority of people there want to remain British
Northern Ireland is too expensive for Ireland to administer
Northern Ireland is a very costly region to govern and a small country like the Republic of Ireland could not do so
Northern Ireland should abandon both British unionism and Irish nationalism in favour of becoming a sovereign state of its own.
Neither Britain or Ireland have Northern Irish interests at heart
The governments in both London and Dublin view Northern Ireland as a burden. The best option would be to be independent instead.
Northern Ireland has its own distinct culture
The United Kingdom should include a united Ireland, as it did from 1801-1920
All of Ireland would be stronger as part of the UK
Ireland and the UK share a language and do a great deal of business together, ti would make sense to combine the two and allow Ireland to benefit from the larger economy that is the UK
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