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How Northern Ireland could use Brexit to its advantage

If done right, Northern Ireland could benefit from an unexpected and unwanted agreement

By David Henig  

Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Northern Ireland has in certain respects always diverged from the rest of the United Kingdom. In politics, despite varying links between parties there and in Britain. In citizenship, with the right to an Irish passport. More recently in agriculture, with the late Ian Paisley senior’s quip that the cows are Irish and the creation of a different veterinary zone. Most importantly, in terms of the fraught questions over the identity of the population.

Now, with Brexit imminent, a new split approaches,…

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