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  • 22-08-2018 11:32pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭


    i hope some people from northern ireland are reading this because it concerns them.

    i've been watching a few videos on what might happen to the north following brexit and one of the options is to reunify with ireland, which i believe, is not everyone cup of tea. me personally as an irishman, i have no strong feelings about this but i think it'd be nice to see a complete ireland on a map. however, i think i may have seen an option that hasn't been considered.

    what if the north was to vote to rejoin ireland but in name only; establish yourselves as a separate state with your own government, your own police force (technically you have that already; Stormont and the PSNI) and your own currency.

    could have the benefits of staying in the EU and not have the unpleasant taste of irish in your mouths. or am i talking rubbish? please, i'd to hear what you have to say.


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,241 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    Mod: I have renamed the thread to be a bit more specific.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith



  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    I have to ask before I give this anymore thought... what currency would they use?

    I find that in this scenario, NI would be isolated from both Ireland and the UK.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    I'm not sure whether an independent state can exist within another. I can see the proposal - rather than being under the jurisdiction of Westminster, it would be under the Dáil, but with the same executive and legal separations it currently enjoys.

    But that's basically the sticking point; it would still be part of the Republic of Ireland, and not part of the United Kingdom. I don't think Unionists really care about the frameworks under which NI is governed, provided that it remains in the Union.

    How relevant "the Union" is versus how important money in your pocket is, is a question we'll see answered at the next elections in NI after Brexit throws the NI economy under the bus.

    If NI were to establish as a completely sovereign state, unbeholden to the UK or ROI, then it won't be in the EU and will be subject to default WTO rules. They could fast-track themselves EFTA membership and then inclusion in the EEA, before looking at full EU membership. But I would suspect that an independent NI would have severe difficulty overcoming sectarian politics as people fight for complete control over the country. It would probably drift somewhat rudderless for a few years while its economy stagnates.


  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭segarox


    breatheme wrote: »
    what currency would they use?

    Okay, that’d be a bit hard to imagine. I suppose they’d still use pounds but it’d have their own individuality on it


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    Countries don't have to have their own currency. No reason they couldn't use euros as their official currency.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,284 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    It would just be a continuation of the huge pretence (partition) that our economic prosperity and social interaction is separate. They are not and never were as we can see from Brexit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Am I right in thinking that this thread is designed as an exploration of what an independent Northern Ireland might mean for the UK, the EU and Ireland as well as for the people of Northern Ireland?

    If so, it could be an interesting discussion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭segarox


    well, i'm just pitching a consideration here and i'm thinking of vatican city, which is within rome yet a separate state from it, and i'm also thinking that some people in ni wouldn't be happy about joining roi which could possibly see a revival of the violence that happened so long ago


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Junkyard Tom


    segarox wrote: »
    not have the unpleasant taste of irish in your mouths.

    The vast majority of those that would vote for a UI in the northeast are Irish.

    Bizarre.


  • Registered Users Posts: 277 ✭✭Nitrogan


    I think a lot of the problems which still exist in Northern Ireland can only be solved internally by local representatives having no option but to engage and work with each other.

    The best way forward I see is to give them a budget and no daddy in Westminster or Dublin to go running to. Let them figure it out themselves.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,300 ✭✭✭✭jm08


    Nitrogan wrote: »
    I think a lot of the problems which still exist in Northern Ireland can only be solved internally by local representatives having no option but to engage and work with each other.

    The best way forward I see is to give them a budget and no daddy in Westminster or Dublin to go running to. Let them figure it out themselves.


    Back to the good old days of the 1922-72 Stormont Government?



    That went well!


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    segarox wrote: »
    well, i'm just pitching a consideration here and i'm thinking of vatican city, which is within rome yet a separate state from it, and i'm also thinking that some people in ni wouldn't be happy about joining roi which could possibly see a revival of the violence that happened so long ago


    I do think the idea has merit. The proposition that there is just a binary choice - remaining in the UK or a united Ireland - is more than a little outdated in the current situation. There are many different options:

    1. Remaining in the UK and a full part of Brexit
    2. Remaining in the UK but having some special status within the EU
    3. Independent but outside the EU
    4. Independent but inside the EU
    5. Joint sovereignty with London and Dublin and devolved powers but outside the EU
    6. Joint sovereignty with London and Dublin and devolved powers inside the EU
    7. Part of a United Ireland but a federal state within the EU
    8. Part of a United Ireland single state within the EU
    9. Part of a United Ireland that is in the EEA and the Commonwealth

    There are more variations, including a greater devolution of power and changing the rules of Stormont.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,664 ✭✭✭✭maccored


    6 counties - 2 or 3 of them small enough - as a single entitiy? How could it generate enough cash to run itself? Otherwise its a united ireland or remain in the UK, since the UK cant be both in and out of europe


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,362 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus


    maccored wrote: »
    6 counties - 2 or 3 of them small enough - as a single entitiy? How could it generate enough cash to run itself? Otherwise its a united ireland or remain in the UK, since the UK cant be both in and out of europe
    It can, though. In Denmark, Denmark proper and the Faroes are in the EU, while Greenland is not. So you can have a country which is partly in, and partly not in, the EU.


  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    Yeah, but Denmark is the central, sovereign government. It's a bit like the UK being in the EU but leaving out the Isle of Man. The other way around would be unthinkable.

    Regardless, as of now NI has been extended the opportunity to remain in the EU, via vote in the EP, due to the historical ties to Ireland and the GFA. So far, NI has rejected it, as well as the UK.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,362 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus


    breatheme wrote: »
    Yeah, but Denmark is the central, sovereign government. It's a bit like the UK being in the EU but leaving out the Isle of Man. The other way around would be unthinkable.
    Everything's unthinkable until we think it!
    breatheme wrote: »
    Regardless, as of now NI has been extended the opportunity to remain in the EU, via vote in the EP, due to the historical ties to Ireland and the GFA. So far, NI has rejected it, as well as the UK.
    Actually, NI hasn't rejected it. They haven't been asked. We know that NI wishes to remain in the EU, because that's how the voted, and all the indications since that suggest that this preference has become stronger, not weaker. We don't know whether NI would wish to leave the UK in order to remain in the EU, because that question has never been put to them.

    (I think they probably would reject it, if asked. But that's not the same thing as actually having been asked.)

    Be that as it may, the attitude the Westminster Government is taking is that NI can't remain in the EU, except by leaving the UK. But note that it's the Westminster government that is insisting that these two choices must be joined at the hip; the EU has indicated a much greater flexibility and is openly willing for NI to have an association with the EU that GB does not have, while still remaining part of the UK. But Westminister regards (or pretends to regard) this as an attempt to annex NI and/or an attempt to frustrate Brexit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    Peregrinus wrote: »
    Everything's unthinkable until we think it!

    True.
    Actually, NI hasn't rejected it. They haven't been asked. We know that NI wishes to remain in the EU, because that's how the voted, and all the indications since that suggest that this preference has become stronger, not weaker. We don't know whether NI would wish to leave the UK in order to remain in the EU, because that question has never been put to them.

    (I think they probably would reject it, if asked. But that's not the same thing as actually having been asked.)

    Be that as it may, the attitude the Westminster Government is taking is that NI can't remain in the EU, except by leaving the UK. But note that it's the Westminster government that is insisting that these two choices must be joined at the hip; the EU has indicated a much greater flexibility and is openly willing for NI to have an association with the EU that GB does not have, while still remaining part of the UK. But Westminister regards (or pretends to regard) this as an attempt to annex NI and/or an attempt to frustrate Brexit.

    Well, I guess what I meant to say was that Arlene Foster either rightly or wrongly, speaking on behalf of NI, has rejected it. I'd love for NI to remain in the CU/SM. I actually think it should at least be put to referendum in the North.

    And I reckon that if the DUP were not propping up May's government, the UK would also be quite flexible as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,284 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    The primary concern has to be to avoid can kicking solutions here.
    Partition has failed and failed spectacularly.

    Anything that kicks the can down the road further than the GFA (which is a process not an end point in itself) is doing a huge disservice to the people of the north once again.
    And all the other solutions to this I have seen are doing just that- avoiding the day when the people have to decide what it is they want.

    Britain has decided it wants to go in a certain direction, we in the south owe it to those in the north that they get a choice in deciding were they wish to go.

    The only vote we have has shown that both nationalists and a high percentage of unionists dont wish to follow Britain at stage.

    We owe that to those who have worked so hard for a hard win peace on both sides.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    maccored wrote: »
    6 counties - 2 or 3 of them small enough - as a single entitiy? How could it generate enough cash to run itself? Otherwise its a united ireland or remain in the UK, since the UK cant be both in and out of europe


    How do Monaco or Andorra generate enough cash to run themselves?

    Northern Ireland has a population of 1.811m

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_Northern_Ireland

    There are 80 countries with a population bigger than Northern Ireland, including four full members of the EU - Luxembourg, Estonia,Malta and Cyprus. It has eight times the population of Iceland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population_(United_Nations)


    The area of Northern Ireland is 14,130 km2

    This makes it bigger than three members of the EU - Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus and around 70 other countries.

    https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_area


    It is pure nonsense to suggest that Northern Ireland could not survive as an independent country, given those facts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,204 ✭✭✭✭Hurrache


    Pop the champagne corks, Northern Ireland has now equalled Belgium for the longest peacetime period in which a country hasn't had a government, and will no doubt go on to smash that record.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    blanch152 wrote: »
    How do Monaco or Andorra generate enough cash to run themselves?

    Northern Ireland has a population of 1.811m

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_Northern_Ireland

    There are 80 countries with a population bigger than Northern Ireland, including four full members of the EU - Luxembourg, Estonia,Malta and Cyprus. It has eight times the population of Iceland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population_(United_Nations)

    The area of Northern Ireland is 14,130 km2

    This makes it bigger than three members of the EU - Luxembourg, Malta and Cyprus and around 70 other countries.

    https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_area


    It is pure nonsense to suggest that Northern Ireland could not survive as an independent country, given those facts.

    So you want to turn NI into a tax haven?


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    breatheme wrote: »
    So you want to turn NI into a tax haven?

    Didn't say that. There is a false argument that Northern Ireland couldn't survive as an indepdendent country. The facts don't support the argument.

    Iceland has one-sixth the population of Northern Ireland and isn't a tax haven. Neither is Estonia, smaller than Northern Ireland and a member of the EU.


  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    blanch152 wrote: »
    Didn't say that. There is a false argument that Northern Ireland couldn't survive as an indepdendent country. The facts don't support the argument.

    Iceland has one-sixth the population of Northern Ireland and isn't a tax haven. Neither is Estonia, smaller than Northern Ireland and a member of the EU.

    It's not just "this country is bigger" or "this country is smaller". You have to look at how they actually operate regarding taxation, benefits and social services, attracting foreign investment and managing its debt.

    I was replying directly to your very first question, which was: "How do Monaco or Andorra generate enough cash to run themselves?" Hence my reply. Those are tax havens.

    How do you expect NI to function like Iceland, or like Estonia?*

    *genuine question. No sarcasm here. I'm all ears.


  • Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭setanta1000


    breatheme wrote: »
    So you want to turn NI into a tax haven?

    Why not?

    I think it's a really good question to be asking; what are the possible options for Northern Ireland that both traditions there could agree to, while avoiding murdering their economy?

    Something like Northern Ireland gets special status in the EU but remains in the CTA and UK Commonwealth?

    I know the DUP and Ms May have made it a Red Line that there is no border down the Irish Sea but maybe this is because the DUP see any other option as the first step to Irish re-unification? Maybe we need to be talking about options?

    At this stage anything Ireland can do to minimize the extent or severity of the impact on our economy from Brexit is worthwhile.


  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭breatheme


    Why not?

    I think it's a really good question to be asking; what are the possible options for Northern Ireland that both traditions there could agree to, while avoiding murdering their economy?

    The possible options we have now are, in lieu of a border poll:

    1. Border at the Irish Sea
    2. Border in the Island of Ireland.

    Both options are very nuanced and have different ways of being implemented.
    Something like Northern Ireland gets special status in the EU but remains in the CTA and UK Commonwealth?

    Does this special status mean SM+CU? That's what it takes to completely eliminate the island border.

    SM: Eliminates the need to check goods.
    CU: Eliminates the need to apply tariffs and tax.

    Any option that excludes one or the other means a border within Ireland.
    I know the DUP and Ms May have made it a Red Line that there is no border down the Irish Sea but maybe this is because the DUP see any other option as the first step to Irish re-unification? Maybe we need to be talking about options?

    Those options being? Independence.........? I don't see independence happening for the following reasons:

    1. It is not in the framework of the GFA.
    2. All of NI would have to agree via referendum.
    3. After independence the GFA is basically void (being an agreement between Ireland and the UK and not between Ireland and an independent NI) which triggers all other sorts of questions. For example: What happens if Derry wants to run away from an independent NI and join the Republic?
    At this stage anything Ireland can do to minimize the extent or severity of the impact on our economy from Brexit is worthwhile.

    Britain is shooting itself in the head. Ireland can try its best to avoid it, but just today we had Theresa May stating: "No deal Brexit wouldn't be the end of the world." There is only so much Ireland can do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    breatheme wrote: »
    It's not just "this country is bigger" or "this country is smaller". You have to look at how they actually operate regarding taxation, benefits and social services, attracting foreign investment and managing its debt.

    I was replying directly to your very first question, which was: "How do Monaco or Andorra generate enough cash to run themselves?" Hence my reply. Those are tax havens.

    How do you expect NI to function like Iceland, or like Estonia?*

    *genuine question. No sarcasm here. I'm all ears.


    An independent Northern Ireland, member of the EU, getting access to the Single Market and the Customs Union, adopting the Euro, but remaining part of the Commonwealth, and a monarchy, with the Queen remaining as Head of State.

    The UK promising to maintain subsidy for ten years. The EU giving aid as it would be an underdeveloped region of the EU and to support the peace process.

    That would allow an All-Ireland tourist market, the North could market itself better for FDI etc.

    I would guess that an option like that would be as viable as a unitary State - little different from the limited explanation given by SF as to how a united Ireland would work, but would retain for the majority in the North, the crucial political and cultural links with Britain. For the nationalists, they would be free from British control and future economic development would inevitably bring closer ties with the South.

    It strikes me as a possible compromise rather than the win/lose scenario currently being presented.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,284 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    blanch152 wrote: »
    An independent Northern Ireland, member of the EU, getting access to the Single Market and the Customs Union, adopting the Euro, but remaining part of the Commonwealth, and a monarchy, with the Queen remaining as Head of State.




    The UK promising to maintain subsidy for ten years. The EU giving aid as it would be an underdeveloped region of the EU and to support the peace process.

    What you would have at the end of all that is the exact same problem, a partitioned statelet incapable of governing itself.

    What needs to be addressed, and people like you will run from this as long as you can, is 'partition' itself, which concentrated the issues we had here in the South into 6 counties in such a way that could not be sustainable, economically or socially. (even the partitioners - Britain, knew it was only a temporary solution)
    The solution remains a 32 county one, anything else is a sop or kicking the can down the road.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,526 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    What you would have at the end of all that is the exact same problem, a partitioned statelet incapable of governing itself.

    What needs to be addressed, and people like you will run from this as long as you can, is 'partition' itself, which concentrated the issues we had here in the South into 6 counties in such a way that could not be sustainable, economically or socially. (even the partitioners - Britain, knew it was only a temporary solution)
    The solution remains a 32 county one, anything else is a sop or kicking the can down the road.

    Partition doesn't need to be addressed, and the problem is, if you do address it in the way you want, the problem of the British identity then needs to be addressed, there has to be a third solution, that is not the current set-up and not a unitary State.

    Quasi-Home Rule, as I have suggested, is one possible option. It is ridiculous to suggest that the 6 counties couldn't survive independently when there are 80 other smaller countries who do, including several members of the EU.


  • Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭setanta1000


    breatheme wrote: »
    Britain is shooting itself in the head. Ireland can try its best to avoid it, but just today we had Theresa May stating: "No deal Brexit wouldn't be the end of the world." There is only so much Ireland can do.

    I agree with ALL of your points when you look at the issue from the legally correct and proper EU position - 100% agree.

    My ever increasing concern is the impact on us in Ireland, North and South. We are in line to be the worst affected EU nation as a result of Brexit and I think it is worthwhile having a discussion on what other options there are that could end up reducing the impact on us.

    At the moment I think the UK feels it has no option but to have a hard Brexit because there is no other face saving option available - what if we could come up with a solution that at least helps NI?

    The way this is going I can see the UK and Irish economies sinking into depression while both of us shouting "It's all your fault" across the Irish Sea at each other!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,284 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady


    blanch152 wrote: »
    Partition doesn't need to be addressed, and the problem is, if you do address it in the way you want, the problem of the British identity then needs to be addressed, there has to be a third solution, that is not the current set-up and not a unitary State.

    Quasi-Home Rule, as I have suggested, is one possible option. It is ridiculous to suggest that the 6 counties couldn't survive independently when there are 80 other smaller countries who do, including several members of the EU.

    Your ridiculous third option happens to include one of the prime reasons partition spectacularly and violently failed. Namely:
    but remaining part of the Commonwealth, and a monarchy, with the Queen remaining as Head of State.

    As to 'partition doesn't need to be addressed'. We know you and decades of Irish governments don't want to address it, but they had to in the GFA. And now that that process has stalled it is only a matter of time before it will need to be addressed again.
    It will never go away until it is addressed, because it has failed and any solution that does not address the problem on a 32 county basis will also fail or hold the north in the economically dependent and socially impossible bubble, it is in now.


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