Newton Emerson: Brexit is killing a ‘new Ireland’

EU stance erases the question of whether Irish unity would mean an entirely new state

The Irish flag flies atop the GPO in Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish flag flies atop the GPO in Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

There has been much debate over whether the EU’s Brexit position on Irish unity is of great political significance or merely restates the obvious.

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