Newton Emerson: One of unionism’s deepest fears is that Britain will turn against it

British people still take the union seriously and feel bound to honour it

“Northern Ireland has emerged to obstruct Brexit agendas across the political spectrum.” Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

“Northern Ireland has emerged to obstruct Brexit agendas across the political spectrum.” Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

One of unionism’s deepest fears is that Britain will turn against it. This is also, quite clearly, one of nationalism’s fondest hopes. Among the most striking features of Brexit so far is that this has not happened, despite a perfect storm of forces against the union.

Brexit has coincided with the DUP’s prominence at Westminster and the takeover of the Labour party by lifelong supporters of Irish republicanism.

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