Kevin Meagher argues that a reasoned, pragmatic discussion about the most basic questions regarding Britain's relationship with its nearest neighbour is now long overdue, and questions that have remained unasked, and perhaps unthought, must now be answered. 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.
Kevin Meagher was a Special Adviser to former Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward. He is the associate editor of the Labour Uncut blog and frequently writes about Irish politics for the New Statesman.
Chapter One: Why we are where we are 1
Chapter Two: Britain’s just not that into Northern Ireland 39
Chapter Three: Sheer magnetism: How economic integration makes a single Ireland inevitable 75
Chapter Four: Buyer collects: The southern appetite for unity 113
Chapter Five: Putting away the culture clubs 139
Chapter Six: Good buddies? Resetting the relationship between Britain and a united Ireland 169
Chapter Seven: How Northern Ireland will leave the UK 201