What people say and what they do are two different things. There's no way that the British State will let NI go without the quid pro quo of having the ROI enmeshed in some way with Britain. All that Queenie diplomacy and the State visit malarky are part of a process.
Ah I see where you are coming from..
Well yes, that could possibly be true.
Certainly the North will have nothing to do with it. We dont bomb people any more.
"The Scots, English and Welsh think we are Irish too", but in the sense that the Irish are part of the British family. That's why the ROI Irish have such freedom within the UK. They are not treated as being foreigners. And they have never treated the UK as a foreign country. They have treated the UK as a place that they have a right to move to, to look for work etc.
I lived in England in the late eighties and early nineties. Every time I passed through Heathrow, Luton and Holyhead, I never quite sensed that sense of "we're all British" togetherness from the British cops, Branch and Border officials. Did I miss out on something?
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