Many people in Northern Ireland are preoccupied with our own internal tribal squabbles.
It is often stated that the future of N. Ireland is for ourselves to decide.
If the upcoming referendum on Europe has England and Scotland voting different ways then the SNP may look for another independence poll. That Scotland leaves the Union and the UK possibly dissolves is speculation and unlikely. It shows, however, how little control NI really has over its own destiny. We couldn’t stop Britain reducing our subsidy over 10 years, say, and pulling out and we couldn’t force the Republic to take us on (us being a financial liability). We would find ourselves on our own. NI would be forced to go independent. All the years of conflict between nationalism and unionism would be rendered obsolete. Green and Orange would be left staring each other in the face with no external attachments to complicate the relationship between us. For the first time in hundreds of years we would truly have to pull together or sink in a
competitive world. There would be nobody else to blame or to pay for our indulgent behaviour.
I couldn’t see many in Britain or the South losing much sleep as we struggle with such a painful reality check.
S. Martin, Co Antrim