August 15, 2019

Newsy Today

The reunification of Ireland sneaks into the political debate

The British Army marked on Wednesday the fiftieth anniversary of its deployment in Northern Ireland. In August 1969, the first military patrols since the partition of the island arrived in Belfast and Londonderry. The baptized 'Operation Banner' became the longest mission, with some 300,000 troops displaced to the province until its closure in 2007, almost ten years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the engine of the peace process.

The Army lost 763 members in attacks related to the Irish troubles. He is also responsible, along with other British security forces, for 363 of the 3,522 deaths connected to the same conflict, according to the renowned Malcolm Sutton index. At least one veteran faces being brought to justice as a result of the official reopening of historical cases.

The 'brexit' will mark another division between the British north and the republican south. And the question of reunification is once again in the spotlight for the first time since the British military deployment. "If the British Government has taken into account a hard border in its calculations, then it should consider a reunification referendum in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement," Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald warned the new prime minister, Boris Johnson Other Irish politicians urge the Dublin Government to prepare the country and society for the union of the island in the centenary of the island's division in 1922.

Also from the United States they warned London that "if Brexit undermines the Good Friday agreement there will be no possibility of a trade agreement between the two countries being approved in the US Congress," said Nancy Pelosi, president of the House of Representatives.