How Brexit could create a crisis at the Irish border

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  • Published on Aug 17, 2018
  • The open border has helped keep the peace for 20 years.
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    Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but because of a special power-sharing agreement, it has an open border with Republic of Ireland. This was designed as a compromise that ended 30 years of conflict and violence in Northern Ireland between Nationalist and Unionist paramilitaries.
    Today, Brexit means that the UK needs to close its borders and the issue of the Irish border is one of the hardest things to negotiate with the EU. Closing this border could undermine the compromise that kept the peace for 20 years.
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Comments • 10 899

  • Family Gash
    Family Gash 12 hours ago +1

    Northern has been separate from The Republic Of Ireland for nearly a Century, however this information still has yet to sink into the heads of many thick people.
    Northern Ireland is British; get over it!

  • T R
    T R Day ago +1

    Build a high quality wooden fence to keep people's livestock from crossing the border.

  • Sharad Jain
    Sharad Jain Day ago

    Scotland and Ireland should become a separate country .Their people will have a good future & better life with their own country.They will also get free from UK's atrocities.

  • Sanguine korvus
    Sanguine korvus Day ago

    You're liars, Vox.

  • Zaid Khan
    Zaid Khan 2 days ago

    The UK or England and Wales ?? Man Scots are Saying we want to be in EU. Didn't You saw that ORDAAA!!! guy

  • U
    U 3 days ago

    F A K E N E W S

  • ____
    ____ 3 days ago

    Omg im hoping so much we become united again as ireland and not the republic if ireland and northern ireland

  • gannonball 69
    gannonball 69 3 days ago +5

    Everybody’s empire days are over. UK gotta chill and give Northern Ireland back

    • JRT Galaxy
      JRT Galaxy 13 hours ago +1

      But a majority wanted to stay in the EU. So sounds like they are sick of being pushed around

    • Infinity Galaxy 501
      Infinity Galaxy 501 Day ago +1

      gannonball 69 a majority want to stay, that’s why Northern Ireland exists

  • Asher Tse
    Asher Tse 4 days ago +1

    i stand with hard border. DPRK and South Korea can deal with the border aka "Military Demarcation Line
    " finely. Custom and border security is the responsibility of every countries.

    • Family Gash
      Family Gash 11 hours ago +2

      OH MY GOD! I'm not the only person on the planet who thinks this. I can't believe that I have found someone who has the same opinion as me! I agree with you, so much!

  • Rebecca Linnéa
    Rebecca Linnéa 5 days ago

    This is such a shitshow. I just hope for the sake of all brits and irish people that a soft brexit goes through. Although at this point in october 2019 after the second deal made with the EU is getting rejected, things are looking pretty dark.

  • Finoula Mc
    Finoula Mc 5 days ago

    Ireland had a British border forced on it!! The borders within the Great Britain is not the same. NI was created by British oppression. Ireland did not want NI. Look up Ulster plantations and the ruling British (Protestant) were no better than Appartied.
    NI was not democratic in creation. The ruling british in NI held all the jobs and political hierarchy the police too... seriously the abuse needs to be portrayed discussed and owned by British. This includes Scotland who were at the heart of Ulster plantations and colonialism they were active not passive in its creation. The worst thing ... is the ignorance. The British border in Ireland was created by the British not the Irish.

  • johnny cash
    johnny cash 5 days ago

    The country chose to split in two. If it requires a border then build one!

  • Cool Videos
    Cool Videos 6 days ago

    Brexit is the populist way for British politicians guided from the US money to be elected and not deal openly with a normal cyclic crisis like other countries. When the cycle will end they will take all the credits, but the fact they will be alone will lead them to a worse one because they will ask money to FMI, and to return their billions back they will be forced to so great austerities which the European time will appear as a golden age...


    ...and so the USA will have their invisible control over the kingdom. Look at what happened to Maduro first and Ecuador now, they both grasped the FMI money and then they've been both forced to apply an anti-democratic regime to give them back. "Yes, but Uk is different", this is what an arrogant or naive person could think. Look at Greece then, last time I checked they were not in South-America. I bet my sons one day will study this British story at school but I am sorry for the population, as always it will be just them to pay for banks' collapse, politician's greed and the US fear of China rising

  • Raja singh Jacob
    Raja singh Jacob 7 days ago

    Northern Ireland should join the Ireland and British should have a access to the sea in Ireland

  • Shay McCosker
    Shay McCosker 7 days ago

    I live in Northern Ireland in a border town. I hope it will all be okay 👍

  • Zati Zati
    Zati Zati 7 days ago

    If you can do the translation righting in Arabic like you did to Spanish and Korean, it will be so helpful and good for us and for you. Good luck and more success ❤

  • Dame Corvus
    Dame Corvus 8 days ago

    Free people of the world unite against the oppressor, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Catalonia, Euskadi, Rojava. We shall overcome.

  • Anas Ahamed R
    Anas Ahamed R 10 days ago +1

    So... this conflict is Britain's Kashmir?... 🤔🤔🤔

  • Neptune
    Neptune 10 days ago +2

    Lol, and I thought our problem with Kosovo was complicated.

  • Agera R
    Agera R 11 days ago

    I can’t legally vote, but if I could. I would’ve voted for Brexit

  • Pedro S.M.
    Pedro S.M. 11 days ago +2

    Ireland is richer and cooler, Irish people are more friendly and less racist than the UK. If I were from Northern Ireland I would prefer to be part of Ireland.

  • hoopenhanger
    hoopenhanger 11 days ago

    It's not an 'Irish border'. It's Britain's border in Ireland.

  • Madhur Kumar Chugh
    Madhur Kumar Chugh 11 days ago +2

    Leave Northern Ireland then
    One Island One Ireland One country

  • Stace Mann
    Stace Mann 12 days ago

    You act like border security was the only reason. Typical.

  • james austin
    james austin 12 days ago +1

    They could split Northern Ireland.

  • onkar phall
    onkar phall 12 days ago

    The nationalist should take back their Ireland

  • welshdragon2008
    welshdragon2008 12 days ago

    Give Ireland back to the Irish. Let them sort out their own mess.

  • Kate Daw
    Kate Daw 13 days ago

    “N. Ireland was overwhelmingly in favour of remaining” *6% into a majority* lil bit dramatic Vox

    • Kate Daw
      Kate Daw 12 days ago

      Yes they are also being very dramatic

    • James Kenny
      James Kenny 12 days ago

      Brexiteers say that there 1.9% vote lead was an overwhelming amount.

  • Nia.D33
    Nia.D33 13 days ago

    As a Donegal man it would be the proudest day of my life if Ireland came together as one again!

  • Richard Johnson
    Richard Johnson 13 days ago

    can even stop the murders in Britain

  • Dir Hell
    Dir Hell 13 days ago +1

    Invade Ireland

    • Chrome Dome
      Chrome Dome Day ago

      That seems like a highly unlikely thing. That seems a bit too severe

  • Hakeemollah Karimi (407hakkari)

    Just cede Northern Ireland to Ireland and all your problems are solved.

    • Ice Dawn
      Ice Dawn 11 hours ago

      @JRT Galaxy How about NO🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

    • JRT Galaxy
      JRT Galaxy 13 hours ago +1

      Pebsay Paine they go back to their Island. The borders right now look odd and unnecessary. UNITED IRELAND!!! 🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪

    • Pebsay Paine
      Pebsay Paine 5 days ago +1

      What about the unionists?

  • terry phidaheights
    terry phidaheights 14 days ago

    phoebe your right ireland usa india iran scotland australia i know

  • Lee Griffiths
    Lee Griffiths 14 days ago

    just build a massive port on isle of man its not rocket science.

  • Julian S
    Julian S 14 days ago

    Yeah. Let's go for the fourth option if we want to avoid all the drama !

  • Jack Guyett
    Jack Guyett 15 days ago

    well it didnt so hurrah

  • Harshit Singhai
    Harshit Singhai 15 days ago

    Reunification is the best thing that could happen in this case. It's a win-win for both the Irish and the UK.

    • Irish Eggs
      Irish Eggs 13 days ago

      UK can assert borders, And Ireland Gets An Overwhelming Nationalist Victory! *RISE EMERALD ISLE!*

  • Justin
    Justin 16 days ago +4

    A recent poll showed that a majority of Northern Irelander's support joining the Republic of Ireland to remain in the EU. Also now a majority of Scots would vote for independence in another referendum

  • syed zubair
    syed zubair 16 days ago

    9/11 was a inside job proved by American engineers association.

  • Gross Herman
    Gross Herman 16 days ago

    Any crises at the Irish border will be at the hands of the Irish themselves and the EU. Let’s get out as we voted for. Let’s have our democracy back from these anti democratic bad losers[.

  • alin dragan
    alin dragan 17 days ago

    Reunite before is too late....because I know the secret things that British do .....be quick

  • James O' Connor
    James O' Connor 17 days ago

    How about the bastereds give the 6 county's back

  • TAN STOODIO
    TAN STOODIO 18 days ago

    Boris Johnson says that there will no change in northern ireland when the UK left the EU, What is wrong with him.

    • TAN STOODIO
      TAN STOODIO 13 days ago

      @Michael Adkins So that means that it will cause Problems when he doesn't care about the consequences?

    • Michael Adkins
      Michael Adkins 13 days ago

      Boris wants a no deal Brexit for him and his rich friends. He doesnt care about the consequences.

  • 00kizuna00
    00kizuna00 18 days ago +1

    British creating borders all around the world for ‘peace’ which obviously resulted in millions of live and still counting but cannot resolve their own border. Lol

  • Francis Ryan
    Francis Ryan 18 days ago

    This video shows a somewhat simplistic understanding of the origins of an border in Ireland. Ireland was partitioned through British threat of force of arm no other.

  • TERMUN XI
    TERMUN XI 18 days ago

    This video makes no mention of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades (GATT) which would allow for trade to continue in northern Ireland and Ireland and any other sates in the agreement with little or no tarffs.

  • boss host
    boss host 18 days ago

    We indian support free northen ireland bcoz catholics are good people protestants are bad people

  • John Sabini
    John Sabini 19 days ago

    Is not a simple answer EU get real and sort out a Canada style FTA. UK can enhance the common travel arrangements with The RoI. this should overcome the "manufactured problems" created by The EU/Mrs May-Ollie Robbins & Mr Varadkar. Do not send EU 39 million use some of this to support traders on both sides of what will be an invisible border. Also why not a Free Port in NI close to RoI access to all! The above will be good for businesses throughout the Island of Ireland! Also Switzerland is completely surround by The EU and they manage OK!

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney 16 days ago

      1) Switzerland does not have an agreement with any EU country like the one Britain has with Ireland.

      2) It's not a manufactured problem. The British agreed not to treat the Six Counties as being separate from the Republic. They voted for Brexit and opted to violate that agreement.

  • YeetusД Feetus
    YeetusД Feetus 19 days ago

    People: There is a border crisis in Great Britain!
    Me (sees Great Britain as an island): I don't know how to tell you this, buuuuuuuuuut...

    • YeetusД Feetus
      YeetusД Feetus 19 days ago

      (I'm just joking, I know about N.Ireland and Gibraltar)

  • David Byrne
    David Byrne 20 days ago

    It’s not an Irish border!!!!. No one on the island of Ireland wants a border.
    It’s an English border on the island or Ireland!!!

  • C.crissy. T
    C.crissy. T 20 days ago

    Once again a yank writing about our country ..reading all the fairytale books..

  • Eli Nario
    Eli Nario 20 days ago

    Just give N. Ireland back to it's original people - the Irish and send those Scottish and English immigrants back to where they came from!

  • peter GUO
    peter GUO 21 day ago

    Scotland is a country! North Ireland is also a country

  • Feministikon Prøjekt

    The Unionists have no reason to be there....they are children of army soldiers or descendants of colonists the same way whites settled in Africa. Africa forced the whites out unless they accepted to become citizens of the new country and former colony....it was a tragic history. can you imagine an English person getting Zimbabwean or Malawian passport? The Unionist chaps here will be ultra lucky....they will become citizens of the EU. and those of English stock can maintain UK passport as well, dual citizens...lucky them.

  • Feministikon Prøjekt

    The solution is easy and ONLY ONE....One way or another NI habitants will realize that the best way for all is for UK to abandon its colony as it did with the other colonies. The NI of British stock can maintain British passport while they are citizens of Ireland and EU The island reunites and everything is awesome. One thing I cannot figure out yet, who will leave first to reunite with EU, NI or Scotland. I also I am not sure who will leave last the UK: England or Wales...can you imagine the UK to be called the UK of Great Britain of Wales?

  • Ethan Leeper
    Ethan Leeper 23 days ago +2

    I love In Ireland 🇮🇪

  • Gliphicaltz vx
    Gliphicaltz vx 26 days ago

    Wow first they get scotland now their not giving back the little occupation itS NORTHERN IRELAND 🇮🇪 theirs a Ireland in the name of that place SO IT BELONGS TO IRELAND its no NORTHERN ENGLAND MY GOD

  • KnifeySpoon
    KnifeySpoon 26 days ago +2

    Be careful of your sources. “Unionist paramilitaries fought back” no they didn’t, they were armed by the British government first around the time of WW1 saying that they were drilling to “keep the kings peace”

  • AVNgn
    AVNgn 27 days ago +1

    Maybe the IRA should start murdering all Brexit politicians.
    Bombs are more efficient than ballots.

    • smokinjoe11
      smokinjoe11 19 days ago

      AVNgn send connor for a hit job on boris the blade

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana 27 days ago

    I hope Ireland be together again The Ulster