Brexit or the union: What is more important for unionists?

The community, which includes many Remainers, is concerned by attitudes in the South

Jackie McDonald: “You should not assume that our appetite to remain in Europe outweighs the appetite for the union.” Photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Jackie McDonald: “You should not assume that our appetite to remain in Europe outweighs the appetite for the union.” Photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Within unionism there are Leavers and Remainers, often with strong opposing views on Brexit. Some fear that Sinn Féin, nationalism and Dublin will exploit the issue to advance the cause of a united Ireland, while others are of the view that quitting the EU will strengthen the union. Others still, are more worried about what it will all mean for the economy, their families and their livelihoods.

But there is one issue that unites all unionists: the union.

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