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Brexit: Northern Ireland between a rock and an hard place


The latest news from Ulster, on 29th July, have been a stark reminder of the possible impact of the return of customs checks, while in Belfast clashes between communities are occurring even about flags hoisted in neighborhoods: loyalist protestant militants celebrated, near Annadale Flats, the fallen men of the UDA (the Ulster Defence Association, an armed organization that caused the death of many Catholics in the Nineties) placing a memorial plate along with a flag created to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. A Republican march scheduled on August 7th won’t be allowed to transit in some areas of the City center (last year clashes with loyalist groups erupted along its route).

The latest news from Ulster, on 29th July, have been a stark reminder of the possible impact of the return of customs checks, while in Belfast clashes between communities are occurring even about flags hoisted in neighborhoods: loyalist protestant militants celebrated, near Annadale Flats, the fallen men of the UDA (the Ulster Defence Association, an armed organization that caused the death of many Catholics in the Nineties) placing a memorial plate along with a flag created to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. A Republican march scheduled on August 7th won’t be allowed to transit in some areas of the City center (last year clashes with loyalist groups erupted along its route).

In occasion of a meeting in London a few days ago, on July 26th, the Premier of the Republic of Ireland, Enda Kenny, stressed, along with Theresa May, the will to avoid the reintroduction of an ‘hard border’ in Ireland: only ten days earlier, the German deputy Jens Zimmermann, interviewed by the Sunday Times on July 17th  (with regard to his work in a parliamentary group Germany-United Kingdom) had invited the Irish institutions to clarify to the EU partners that the recent conflict is still smoldering, as demonstrated on July 12th  by the political tension in the day of the Twelfth, the traditional pro-British loyalist parade in Belfast (in memory of the victory of the protestant William of Orange over James II at the battle of the Boyne in 1690, during the war of succession).

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