Northern ireland is moving closer to Ireland after the british elections

For the first time, nationalists in the majority in northern Ireland. The conservative former supporters punished. The british general election, for the first

Northern ireland is moving closer to Ireland after the british elections

For the first time, nationalists in the majority in northern Ireland. The conservative former supporters punished.

The british general election, for the first time a majority of Northern nationalists. The voters in the british province have punished the conservative party DUP, which previously supported the conservative government in London.

Thus choose northern Ireland together with Scotland a markedly different direction than the rest of the Uk.

Some nationalists see it as a harbinger of the reunification of the irish island.

Thursday's election ended up in a mareridtsscenarie for the DUP, who are losing members in North and South Belfast, and are not in a position to win North Down, writes the newspaper the Belfast Telegraph. The newspaper refers to areas which historically are places where the DUP and the unionists have been going strong.

the DUP goes back from ten to eight seats, while Sinn Fein goes up to seven seats followed by the socialist SDLP with two seats and the Alliance Party with a mandate.

northern Ireland has been central in the debate on brexit.

Prime minister, Boris Johnson, has entered into an agreement with the EU, to the province in a transitional period, remain in the EU single market and customs union, while the rest of the united kingdom pulled out.

It led to a breach with the DUP. The party has since 2017, with their ten seats secured a majority behind the conservative government.

To be nationalist in northern Ireland means that most of the time to support a closer association with the EU-the country of Ireland.

It is the best choice for the nationalists since the irish island in 1921, was divided by the british colonial power.

By the referendum in 2016 on EU membership voted by a majority of nordirerne to remain part of the EU.

Sinn Feins leader, Mary Lou McDonald, see Thursday's election results as an opportunity for a referendum in northern Ireland to be reunited with the republic of Ireland.

- We are moving toward a vote on the border. I can't give you a definitive date, but we need to go in time with the processed in order to prepare ourselves, " she says, according to Reuters.

Sinn Fein the former political wing of the underground army IRA.

Historically, nationalists have been referred to as roman catholics, while the probritiske unionists called protestants. The border between the two groups is more fluid today.

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Updated Date: 14 December 2019, 02:00

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