Following the EU Referendum in 2016, Her Majesty’s Government under Teresa May raised the ugly spectre of The Irish Question in a form last seen nearly 100 years ago.
The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 is still in place BUT #Brexit definitely places the Good Friday Agreement in mortal danger. The International Community is its collective Guarantor, but the possibility of an acceptable fudge (one of Britain’s favourite solutions to problems) if the Good Friday Agreement collapses will not be possible.
IF the Good Friday Agreement is actually or potentially endangered IN ANY WAY then there would have to be another Referendum on the Good Friday Agreement but this time across the whole of the British Isles! There would have to be two questions – with a person only being allowed to vote for one or the other – and they would need to be complex but unambiguous; they would need to ask: –
1 “Do you wish to retain the Good Friday Agreement with all its accompanying guarantees and requirements?” or
2 “Do you wish to abandon the Good Friday Agreement in its entirety and permit only a Military, Non-Political & Non-Diplomatic Solution to the problem of Northern Ireland regardless of international considerations?”
If they vote for the second choice, the United Kingdom must deal with Northern Ireland as America dealt with Vietnam IN EVERY RESPECT – including enforced pacification AND carpet bombing; Representative Government must be ended and Military Government with a permanent state of Martial Law introduced!
I hope to clarify the options which are acceptable to the different parties (Guarantors, Communities etc) about The Irish Question to figure out how much of a problem it will be for the future of Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and the world!