Monday 5 December 2016

Martina Devlin on Brexit: The game changer that could finally bring unity

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in the famous 'Chuckle Brothers' photograph at Stormount
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in the famous 'Chuckle Brothers' photograph at Stormount

A sense of common purpose has not been visible in the North since United Irishmen days - when Belfast was known for its radical ideas about social justice and democracy, and denounced by its rulers as a hotbed of sedition.

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More than 200 years have passed since that imaginative leap taken by United Irishmen across religious, ethnic and class divides. It seemed as if there would never be another meeting of interests compelling enough to trump tribal anxieties.

And then Brexit happened.

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