Politics in Northern Ireland is never about technicalities. ‘Being’—the very existence of the place—is always on the ballot. Exactly a century ago, the British government, seeking a way out of the bitter quagmire that Irish politics had become at the end of World War I legislated a new internal boundary between ‘Northern Ireland’ with its armed loyalist majority and the rest of the island. What few foresaw was that the new division would harden into an international frontier within a year, institutionalising the division in hard territorial terms. An internal crisis within the Empire was frozen into a permanent international dispute but the worst of the toxin of British-Irish confrontation was corralled into the remnant Northern Ireland that, for the first fifty years, allowed British governments to turn their back on Ireland.
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