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 • 10 992

  • Maddix !
    Maddix ! Day ago

    Brexit.

  • PortElm31
    PortElm31 3 days ago

    reunification would be as you put it betraying unionists

  • fired skull
    fired skull 3 days ago

    What about option 5? Uniting the whole of ireland and uk to make a new uk with ireland in it.

  • Tiarnan Bonnes
    Tiarnan Bonnes 6 days ago

    Upa ra

    • Danny1
      Danny1 2 days ago +1

      I’m English. I was born in the North of England but I support the IRA and their ultimate goal.
      (Us Northerners are very different to the South)

  • AgentN
    AgentN 8 days ago +4

    I’m from the north of England and I hope for a United ireland

    • Danny1
      Danny1 2 days ago +1

      Same I’m also from the North and I think Ireland should be United

    • Tiarnan Bonnes
      Tiarnan Bonnes 6 days ago

      AgentN yeoooooo upa ra

  • ps4 DMC051
    ps4 DMC051 8 days ago +1

    They kinda got this wrong with the borders
    Im from ireland so i feel i can say this

  • Fr1day
    Fr1day 10 days ago +7

    Lol imagine EU be like: Let's invade my dudes

  • Later, Joe
    Later, Joe 11 days ago

    Could you make a video about Alberta wexit

  • The Man With No Name
    The Man With No Name 14 days ago

    Simple a border around mainland Ireland allow natural born irelanders as if they were mainlanders and leave the southern and northern island border open and keep trade normal

  • The Man With No Name
    The Man With No Name 14 days ago

    Take over southern Ireland

  • David Byrne Tallon
    David Byrne Tallon 15 days ago

    Land land land not lind

  • sergi boi
    sergi boi 16 days ago +2

    The IRA is gonna love this

  • Gaming With Noah
    Gaming With Noah 17 days ago +2

    Stop fear mongering. Northern Ireland will leave the U.K. after Brexit.

  • Laufer Trek
    Laufer Trek 17 days ago +2

    I think is correct for Ireland to be great from Romania✌🏻

  • Luel Zone
    Luel Zone 18 days ago

    Same thing in Gibraltar

  • Kay
    Kay 18 days ago +2

    British f up the whole world, looted and killed, and conquered other countries. An old saying "Give back what's not yours."

  • ColinGamer
    ColinGamer 18 days ago +4

    i just think UK should give northern ireland to ireland

  • Zbysheck Kunetzov
    Zbysheck Kunetzov 19 days ago +1

    Do they really want a United ireland. With the modern irish government 🤢

    • Zbysheck Kunetzov
      Zbysheck Kunetzov 6 days ago

      Tiarnan Bonnes I want ireland to remain Irish. But the free part of ireland. Their government wants half of ireland to be non white

    • Tiarnan Bonnes
      Tiarnan Bonnes 6 days ago

      Zbysheck Kunetzov ahahahah u your mad fam there are more nationalists than them prods there scared because they almost lost Scotland and they don’t won’t to try and lose n Ireland there’s nothing to do with government

  • Manny A
    Manny A 20 days ago +2

    One Ireland 🇮🇪☘🇩🇴

  • felipe gomez
    felipe gomez 20 days ago

    That is absurd.If Uk agree to abandon the UN, that doesnt mean to break relation with ireland. I believe that it can bring better relation among three countries, and probable better progress.

    • Will
      Will 16 days ago

      @felipe gomez *lolol

    • felipe gomez
      felipe gomez 17 days ago

      @Will sorry Mr Grammar?lolo

    • Will
      Will 17 days ago

      what? your English is lacking

  • Abijith Kantha Raju
    Abijith Kantha Raju 20 days ago +5

    Just make northern Ireland as a separate country.

    • Abijith Kantha Raju
      Abijith Kantha Raju 16 days ago

      @Qadwani don't ask me, ask Modi.

    • Qadwani
      Qadwani 16 days ago

      Abijith Kantha Raju
      First u make Kashmir as an independent country

    • Salena Broyles
      Salena Broyles 17 days ago

      Abijith Kantha Raju just give back northerlies Ireland. Maybe England could start making good on the past?

  • TrackTheSky Admin
    TrackTheSky Admin 21 day ago

    To make things worse you have this and freaking Climate Change. You have Australia on fire. America being stupefied to death. Killing brain cells every time they turn on Fox News. just going on Facebook is like a walk through the book of Revelations.

  • RexityHD
    RexityHD 22 days ago

    Grant Norther Ireland a sort of special status?

  • c_c905
    c_c905 22 days ago +2

    Ireland belongs to the irish!

  • Ilufex!
    Ilufex! 22 days ago +3

    I’m a United Kingdom 🇬🇧 citizen I would love to keep the kingdom together

  • Alvin Wu
    Alvin Wu 23 days ago +3

    Brexit is for British nationalists who believe the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 is superior to all other nations...

    • Pan-European Republican Federalist
      Pan-European Republican Federalist 20 days ago

      Alvin Wu more like observable fact, you did just lose the election.

    • Alvin Wu
      Alvin Wu 20 days ago +1

      @Pan-European Republican Federalist
      I can see where you’re going with your opinion...

    • Pan-European Republican Federalist
      Pan-European Republican Federalist 20 days ago +1

      Alvin Wu And the Brexit side would rather they left despite the good reasons for remaining, so I’m afraid that’s not an argument. I would have preferred Britain remain, but that’s down to the remain sides condescending attitude. You e spent the years insisting these people and changed no minds. Hence the defeat.

    • Alvin Wu
      Alvin Wu 20 days ago +1

      @Pan-European Republican Federalist
      So do you believe that the United Kingdom *should* leave the Uripeein Yunyin (European Union 🇪🇺)? I personally think that they should remain despite good reasoning...

    • Pan-European Republican Federalist
      Pan-European Republican Federalist 20 days ago +1

      Alvin Wu People did have good reasons to vote for Brexit, and if you listened to them perhaps you wouldn’t be losing. Because calling them backwards gammons who don’t knew what they voted for is such a great electoral strategy, I’m shocked it didn’t pay in dividends at the election.

  • Jill McGowan
    Jill McGowan 24 days ago +12

    Literally no one in Scotland voted for Brexit...

    • tom crawford
      tom crawford 12 days ago

      Over a million Scots voted to leave

    • Manny A
      Manny A 19 days ago

      London doesn't seem to care

  • G G
    G G 24 days ago +3

    Really glossed over some brutal colonialism and famine there with the background bit, eh?

  • Gnaneshwaar
    Gnaneshwaar 24 days ago +3

    Why can't The Brexit open their border for just Ireland.

  • Samuel Gu
    Samuel Gu 24 days ago

    just redraw the borders

  • David sims 200 trains,transport,and more

    I live in usa and i like both countries and the others in europe

  • Yordan Stefanov
    Yordan Stefanov 27 days ago

    Anshluss for Ireland

  • HistoryBoi 1492
    HistoryBoi 1492 27 days ago

    The 4th option is the best

  • Finley1321
    Finley1321 28 days ago

    What about northern Irish independence?

  • Finley1321
    Finley1321 28 days ago

    Somebody rigged T series same with the election

  • jimmy bhoy1888
    jimmy bhoy1888 29 days ago +1

    Ireland for the Irish

  • TekGameR45
    TekGameR45 Month ago +2

    Or all the unionists can move the the uk and they should get a free house and nationalist stay with Ireland and the north rejoins us

  • a Montana
    a Montana Month ago

    I wish the best for ireland from Yemen.

  • Frogger The Frog
    Frogger The Frog Month ago +2

    wow, this is epic, I sure hope the IRA doesnt find my house

  • The Scary Truth Catalyst

    Best solution: all nationalists move about 50 miles due south. 👍

  • davidmurray1dm
    davidmurray1dm Month ago

    Overwhelmingly in favour of leaving........4%

  • Claire Ní Chnaimhsí

    4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

  • joe sussex
    joe sussex Month ago +1

    ireland: WE WANT IRISH INDEPENDENCE... *under eu rule*

  • WobblyIvy 95
    WobblyIvy 95 Month ago +6

    5:50 I like how we get to see Boris Johnson in the background

  • William Hansen
    William Hansen Month ago +4

    "Northern Ireland was overwhelmingly in favour of remaining"[in the EU] *56% vs 44%.... OVERWHELMINGLY* ?!?!?

    • Daniel Fox
      Daniel Fox Month ago +1

      Is a double digit margin so yes is overwhelming

    • Cinderball
      Cinderball Month ago +2

      A bigger margin than the overall result in favour of Leave (52% vs 48%) - and people keep describing *that* result as "overwhelming"... so you tell me.

  • Hand Of LEGION
    Hand Of LEGION Month ago +3

    UK should be split into the original pieces as God has made them
    1. Northern Ireland goes to Republic of Ireland
    2. Scotland goes to the Scottish people
    3. The last junk piece , the royal thieves should be left alone creating world class English land.

    • Arran Vid
      Arran Vid Month ago +1

      What about The Land of the Red Dragon? the country beginning with W? ;-)

  • rht785
    rht785 Month ago +1

    looks like reunification is the best option

  • David Byrne Tallon
    David Byrne Tallon Month ago

    The IRA will tack back our homes

  • 🌬Burly
    🌬Burly Month ago +19

    Time taken:
    Brexit: a generation
    Border between Pakistan, India and Bangladesh: 1 minute

    • Volga Z26
      Volga Z26 4 days ago +2

      Iraq,Syria,Jordan,Palestine : 30s

  • Daisyrie Penaflorida

    December 12 is a Election Day for the British especially in Northern Ireland and it would be decide that what happened after the elections

  • Brady Carrigan
    Brady Carrigan Month ago +1

    Come out ya Black and Tans.

  • Project_Sammy
    Project_Sammy Month ago +1

    If you ask me, I think you should build a special, and ONLY train, connecting both of the borders.
    To get on the train, you must have a UK visa or citizenship, not an EU member or citizenship.

    • Kat Foster
      Kat Foster Month ago

      @Project_Sammy if you stop for checks. It's not undetectable.

    • Project_Sammy
      Project_Sammy Month ago

      @Kat Foster i mean you can still pass through it

    • Kat Foster
      Kat Foster Month ago

      Yeah no. That's a hard border.

  • jerry tom
    jerry tom Month ago +3

    so I support Ireland vote to leave UK!

  • Support Israel, support peace.

    The only solution is a second referendum!

  • Tasneem Alam Nasim
    Tasneem Alam Nasim Month ago

    That beep in the background is really annoying..

  • Michael Wite
    Michael Wite Month ago

    0:57 Do you hear that rattling?

    • Michael Wite
      Michael Wite Month ago

      @The Non Smoker Oh... Makes sense

    • The Non Smoker
      The Non Smoker Month ago

      That's not rattling, that's actually flickering sound from old cinemas

  • S E Bayless
    S E Bayless Month ago +1

    England has two unions CONSERTATIVE AND LIBERAL

  • Visvesh Narayan
    Visvesh Narayan Month ago +1

    It would create a crisis, only if BREXIT actually happens.

  • Tree Climbing
    Tree Climbing Month ago +1

    Give Northern Ireland back.
    They murdered the O’Neil Clan & Imported Scot protestants

  • Stephen Parke
    Stephen Parke Month ago +1

    What people don’t seem to realise is a United ireland would cause another mass conflict on the island, a unification would not only anger unionists but would probably be the start of another conflict between both sides, as things are is the only way to retain peace in Northern Ireland as everything else just seems a fast track way of returning to violence as one side would becoming too upset at the outcome.