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Scottish referendum: the view from Northern Ireland

By David McKittrick  

Belfast_unionist_muralIn Northern Ireland unionists were hugely relieved by the Scottish rejection of independence, while republicans were disappointed that Scotland would not be leaving the Union. The best-case scenario for Irish republicans had been that a Yes vote would transform the politics of Northern Ireland by giving impetus to nationalist sentiment and delivering a crushing psychological blow to unionist morale. The nightmare vision of Unionists, by contrast, was that a Yes victory would undermine Northern Ireland’s relationship with Britain, creating major instability and giving a great boost to republicanism.

The relief was instantly evident in…

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