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For over two centuries, the ‘Irish Question’ has dogged British politics in one form or another – Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ being perhaps the bloodiest manifestation. And although the past twenty years have seen intensive efforts to secure a devolved local settlement via the Good Friday Agreement, its principle of consent – which holds that the country cannot leave the UK without a majority vote – has meant that the constitutional status of Northern Ireland remains moot.

Remote from the UK mainland in terms of its politics, economy and societal attitudes, Northern Ireland is placed, in effect, in an antechamber – subject to shifting demographic trends which are eroding the once-dominant Protestant Unionist majority, making a future referendum on the province’s status a racing certainty. Indeed, in the light of Brexit and a highly probable second independence referendum in Scotland, the reunification of Ireland is not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’ – and ‘how’.

In A United Ireland, Kevin Meagher argues that a reasoned, pragmatic discussion about Britain’s relationship with its nearest neighbour is now long overdue, and questions that have remained unasked (and perhaps unthought) must now be answered.


“The conversation on constitutional change in Ireland is moving into a much more focused new phase. Preparations have commenced, with the expectation that there will be a managed transition to new arrangements. Perhaps sooner than many imagine. This book is a welcome and significant contribution to the debate about a united Ireland, from an author who spotted where trends were leading some time ago.” 

Professor Colin Harvey, Queen’s University Belfast

“A provocative and valuable appraisal of the existential question facing Ireland and the UK. Not everyone will agree with Meagher’s answers but this thoughtful book provides a roadmap to what may lie ahead.” 

Rory Carroll, The Guardian

“A well-researched and timely contribution given the seismic changes shaping Irish politics and society. Whatever one’s political position, Meagher sets out key considerations for all sides of a debate that will ultimately require persuasion.”

Connor Daly, Northern Slant

“Provocative, persuasive and one of the biggest Brexit stories you’ve yet to read about in the mainstream British media.”

Atul Hatwal, Editor, Labour Uncut
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