September 19, 2017
Residents of Ireland and Northern Ireland may have thought that border checkpoints with armed guards were a thing of the past, but the UK’s impending divorce from the EU threatens to resurrect the border between the two territories. As one Irish farmer poignantly said, “To reimpose the border is like putting up the Berlin Wall again, after you’ve taken it down.” Northern Ireland, is in a particularly precarious situation. It is part of the UK and thus scheduled to leave the EU, even though most of its citizens voted against Brexit.
This development is only the latest installment in a saga of bad blood between the British and the Irish. In this article, Alan Hall revisits an earlier chapter in the countries’ history and explains that a 129-year trend of negative social mood in Britain produced intense British authoritarianism toward the Irish.
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