Irish people in the north were never given a choice to be part of Ireland or Britain

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Alex Kane fears that his British identity would be diminished or lost in a united Ireland (Sinn Fein guarantees to unionists don’t add up to a hill of beans, August 14).

He insists that he has a democratic right to remain British in Ireland.

But Irish people in the north of the island were never given a democratic choice to be part of Ireland or Britain.

Under force of arms, in 1919-1921, Britain carved out a portion of Ulster and declared that this land would henceforth be the British province of Northern Ireland.

How was that a democratic decision of the people of Ireland?

Edmund Lynch, Denville, New Jersey