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
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...
3. (b) simultaneously the only part of UK for which a border would prove
uniquely, and dramatically problematic...
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.
5. The fact is that either they put a militarised border between North
and South or all their talk of Fortress Britain is nonsense.
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.
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
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.
9. A border is bad for practical reasons; people like my sister live in Donegal and work in Derry, and thousands more vice versa...
10. MUCH MORE IMPORTANT are the psychological effects. Lot of Good
Friday Agreement predicated on free movement between north and south.
11. This and cross-border bodies were just enough to comfort nationalists but not close enough to a united Ireland to antagonise unionists.
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.
13. But more importantly, making people undergo any form of border checkpoint between the two countries will not just be an arse ache..
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.
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.
16. My dad making sure we weren't nervous while he was being asked patronising questions by the armed men inspecting his driving license...
17. ..and checking under our car forexplosives. This used to be EVERY FUCKING DAY.
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.
19. Something that we were promised was over. That we finally thought we HAD gotten away from.
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.
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**.
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.
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.
24. REMEMBER: Irish-Identifying NI citizens (I don't like saying 'Catholics') risk now being physically cut off from Eire. That is DRAMATIC.
25. Vast majority are not hardened, violent. Same was true in 60s-80s. It takes an angry minority, w a "legitimate" grievance to recruit.
26. The recklessness of not appreciating this powder keg AS EVEN A FUCKING TALKING POINT IN THE DEBATES disgusts me.
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.
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.
29. As is the HUGE amount of cash the EU gave us in peace dividends. (€3.5bn from EU in last round of budgeting).
30. But at least English people (and Welsh too - wtf lads???) can strike a blow against bendy bananas.
[SLOW HAND CLAP, SOBBING]
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.
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.
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.