If the price of Irish unity was a new flag, would Sinn Féin agree to it?

Newton Emerson: Unity advocates are ‘putting everything on the table’ then ducking under it

There are no votes for anyone who can be branded the ‘ditch the tricolour’ candidate. Photograph: iStock

There are no votes for anyone who can be branded the ‘ditch the tricolour’ candidate. Photograph: iStock

Sinn Féin’s position on a united Ireland is that issues such as a new flag, new anthem and Commonwealth membership “need to be looked at, need to be debated and need to be discussed”, to quote Mary Lou McDonald.

In any such discussions, however, Sinn Féin’s response on these issues will be “no, no, no”, to quote Margaret Thatcher.

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