From Sean Bresnahan @ An Claidheamh Solus the text of a letter published in the Irish News, 19th April, underscoring the imperative that Irish Unity proceed upon Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
Post-the recent ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK and with Britain currently negotiating her exit from the European Union, Ireland — both north and south — faces certain upheaval over the months and years to come.
Brexit is now the dominant conversation in Irish politics, with much of that discussion centering on its likely impact on the border — a border which still separates the north of our country from its natural hinterland, the rest of Ireland.
Much of the focus is on whether a ‘renewed’ border, despite it having never gone away, should be a ‘hard border’ or a ‘soft border’ — depending on what arrangements are decided on by Britain (which claims sovereignty over the North) and the rest of Europe when Brexit has been finalised.
But the damage that Brexit is certain to do Ireland, in particular the North — which faces acute isolation removed from Europe and on the margins of the UK — demands neither a hard border or a soft border but an END to the border, with full Irish Unity to proceed in its stead.
Brexit, then, establishes a renewed imperative for Irish Unity — that Ireland at last be reunited. With the difficulties faced by our divided country set only to deepen, in a manner not seen in many decades, this is now a national priority and indeed THE national priority.
On that basis, we propose that the Irish people be afforded their long-denied right to determine their own future — this through a national referendum that brings forward an independent all-Ireland republic.
Such a republic is best-placed to resolve the complex challenges presented by Brexit. It would afford the Irish people a better future, for each of their number, in a modern democratic arrangement that affords the stability demanded by these uncertain times.