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    1. My thoughts as a Northern Irish person on how NO LEAVERS REALISED that Brexit will likely precipitate utter carnage in NI and, thusly, UK

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    2. I'm angry that the NI point is never, ever discussed. Despite
    the fact we are (a) the only people who have a land border w EU...

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    3. (b) simultaneously the only part of UK for which a border would prove
    uniquely, and dramatically problematic...

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    4. (c) since we overwhelmingly voted for Remain because of the previous two reasons. So there's that. But it gets worse. It gets much worse.

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    5. The fact is that either they put a militarised border between North
    and South or all their talk of Fortress Britain is nonsense.

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    6. A fully open border EXISTS between the UK and the EU; one such example is
    my dad's back fence; a 15 second walk from ROI and thus the EU.

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    7. You're French. You travel freely via EU to Dublin. Get bus to Lifford (3 hrs). Walk for 90 seconds to Strabane. Ta-da! You are now in UK

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    8. No border checks, no machine guns, no "papers please". Just open. This is no longer acceptable to the mandate we have just been handed.

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    9. A border is bad for practical reasons; people like my sister live in Donegal and work in Derry, and thousands more vice versa...

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    10. MUCH MORE IMPORTANT are the psychological effects. Lot of Good
    Friday Agreement predicated on free movement between north and south.

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    11. This and cross-border bodies were just enough to comfort nationalists but not close enough to a united Ireland to antagonise unionists.

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    12. Actually, an awful lot of the framework of the GFA was underpinned by existing EU laws anyway, so it may now be entirely undone.

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    13. But more importantly, making people undergo any form of border checkpoint between the two countries will not just be an arse ache..

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    14... will massively inhibit the sense of security half of NI population takes from it and ROI being part of a wider European state. HUGE.

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    15. I want to stress that this not a new concept for us. I'm 30, so I
    remember checkpoints as a kid. I remember machine guns and dogs.

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    16. My dad making sure we weren't nervous while he was being asked patronising questions by the armed men inspecting his driving license...

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    17. ..and checking under our car forexplosives. This used to be EVERY FUCKING DAY.

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    18. This won't be some new, weird thing - this will be a direct, unbidden
    return to something we worked very, very hard to get away from.

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    19. Something that we were promised was over. That we finally thought we HAD gotten away from.

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    20. A notion of peace that thousands of very stubborn and dangerous people finally struck a peace for. Put down arms and moved on from.

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    21. A long process of peace, to which we must presume thousands of people now alive in NI and mainland UK, **literally owe their lives**.

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    22. And now we see violence could sleepwalk back in as a SIDE EFFECT of Brexit. One that no one ever mentioned in any debate I watched.

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    23.The Troubles, back as A SIDE EFFECT of a tussle for the leadership of the Conservatives, a party NI citizens don't even fucking vote for.

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    24. REMEMBER: Irish-Identifying NI citizens (I don't like saying 'Catholics') risk now being physically cut off from Eire. That is DRAMATIC.

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    25. Vast majority are not hardened, violent. Same was true in 60s-80s. It takes an angry minority, w a "legitimate" grievance to recruit.

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    26. The recklessness of not appreciating this powder keg AS EVEN A FUCKING TALKING POINT IN THE DEBATES disgusts me.

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    27. I identify as Irish (and have Irish passport) but am happy for NI to remain part of UK if majority say so; and we have peace, stability.

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    28. Same is true of LARGE percentage of Irish-Identifying NI people. But free travel to Eire is part of that peace, part of that stability.

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    29. As is the HUGE amount of cash the EU gave us in peace dividends. (€3.5bn from EU in last round of budgeting).

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    30. But at least English people (and Welsh too - wtf lads???) can strike a blow against bendy bananas.

    [SLOW HAND CLAP, SOBBING]

    END.

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    31. Oh and a clarification: when I say NI citizens DON'T vote for the Tories - I mean they CAN'T vote for the Tories. They don't run there.

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    32. It is physically impossible for us to exert any influence or protest on the Conservative Party as they do not contest elections in NI.

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    33. Happy to correct myself that Conservatives DO now run in NI since I left. They are massively unpopular (0.1- 2.1%) but do exist.

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    34. We are, therefore, merely victim to wranglings within a party to whom we gave ~2% of our vote. Some cands didn't even get deposits back.

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