Brexit’s Ghosts Still Haunt Northern Ireland

Nationalists and loyalists clash at the peace wall on Lanark Way in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 7, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
Nationalists and loyalists clash at the peace wall on Lanark Way in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 7, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland—For more than a week earlier this month, Northern Ireland was rocked by riots in pro-British unionist communities, with frequent outbursts of violence in areas bordering on pro-Irish nationalist neighborhoods. Thankfully, no one was killed, but almost 90 police officers were injured in efforts to quell the unrest and keep youths on either side of the “peace walls”—effectively enhanced security barriers separating the two communities—from attacking one another. The main trigger for the disorder was the recent decision by local authorities not to prosecute leaders of the staunchly nationalist Sinn Fein party for attending the funeral last summer […]

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