Sorry, Northern Ireland: the truth is, we are just not that into you . . .
It's called the salami effect. You take a piece of salami and cut a thin slice. The salami still seems the same size. Then you take another thin slice. Then another. Before anyone has really noticed, the salami is gone.
We seem to have been playing a lot of salami politics in this country in recent months.
First there was the 'Border poll' on the possibility of a united Ireland, which was suggested by Sinn Féin in the immediate wake of the Brexit result.