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What does Brexit mean for Northern Ireland?

Tensions between unionists and nationalists are likely to worsen

By David McKittrick  

First Minster of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster ©Liam McBurney/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arlene Foster, the unionist First Minister of Northern Ireland, urged her supporters to vote to “Leave” the European Union. Yet she has conveyed no sense of celebration when Brexit became a reality. Instead, she went on television to solemnly intone: “People should not panic.” She insisted that far from facing dangers to the United Kingdom, “We are now entering a new era of an even stronger UK.”


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