Andrew Lilico has done no more than explicitly express a sentiment that has always been a significant element of Brexiteer/British Nationalist ideology. A reckless disregard for the Good Friday Agreement has long been evident. But is it right to assume this to mean that they would be content to ‘lose’ Northern Ireland? There is an alternative implication that is rather more troubling. Namely, that they are assuming the British state has the capacity to deal with the consequences of a breakdown in the arrangements which have brought welcome but fragile peace to the occupied counties.
Given the all too evident belligerence of these British Nationalists, can we confidently discount the possibility that they envisage a ‘military solution’ to any resumption of violence? We know how dangerously deluded these people are. The Brexit fiasco has revealed how ‘ideologically committed’ they are to the idea of British exceptionalism. There is little effort made to conceal their fantasies of a return to a ‘glorious’ imperial past. Does this betoken a willingness to relinquish what they regard as British territory? Or does it, rather, suggest a determination to maintain Britannia’s jealous grasp of her possessions at any cost?
And, if British Nationalists are thinking in terms of securing Northern Ireland for the British state by force of arms, what might this imply for their attitude towards and intentions for Scotland?
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