Dear Severgnini Unfortunately, neither the Italians nor the European Union understand this. Northern Ireland is not a geographical entity separated from Great Britain, but a unified entity. In Rome yesterday, before the handshake between leader Mario Draghi and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Italian speaker announced the entry of the British leader as follows: Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If you do not accept the fact that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, the problems between Britain and the European Union will never end. I do not think there is even a journalist who understands the Irish political situation in relation to Britain: or are they pretending not to understand? We need some clarity on this issue, and the Irish situation needs it, for a while. Why didn’t Severgnini do it?
I’ll try. So: Northern Ireland is, of course, part of the United Kingdom today. But demographics, history and geography have long led to the reunification of the island. Brexit accelerated the process. I had no doubt it happened. In early 2018, when I was the editor of “7 Courier”, I asked a good colleague to take a trip on the almost virtual border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Read today, What a report Sounds like a prediction.
Introducing a rough border between the two Irish is timeless and dangerous. The Irish want to stay in the European Union, and I believe they will do so sooner than we think. As for London, I’m sure this will be a minor issue. Boris Johnson’s government thinks of Wales and Scotland, and they are upset (understandable). Oh, Brexit, what an unfortunate idea!
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