Brexit Still Hasn’t Solved the Problem of Northern Ireland

Brexit supporters celebrate the U.K.’s official exit from the European Union, at a rally outside Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast, Jan. 31, 2020 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
Brexit supporters celebrate the U.K.’s official exit from the European Union, at a rally outside Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast, Jan. 31, 2020 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland—The two main political parties in Northern Ireland announced a deal last month to restore the region’s power-sharing government, which had ceased to function three years ago. Within 24 hours of the announcement of the deal on Jan. 10, which was brokered by the British and Irish governments, Northern Ireland’s institutions of devolved government were back up and running. Yet while many in Belfast are breathing a sigh of relief, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent Brexit deal has created a host of new problems for the region that the reopened Northern Ireland Assembly will need to confront. […]

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