Why wouldn't the Northern Irish oppose leaving Great Britian?
Most Helpful Guy
Well apparently Northern Ireland costs a great deal in terms of security and doesn't contribute that much.
In 2012, it cost £20 to run and made £9bn. www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/.../...wn-28779242.html
Ireland still hasn't recovered. Our government is raising taxes left, right and centre for 'frivolous things' like water and cutting the 'silly things', you know, like supports for rape victims (Obviously I think our government are bas***ds). The idea of taking on a struggling part of the UK isn't appealing and may not actually be doable.
Secondly, many in Northern Ireland don't want to join us so why would we force them? (Many of them are Protestant like Britain while Ireland is Catholic. That isn't the main issue as some Protestants want a United Ireland some Catholics don't though.) Many in Northern Ireland identify as British and want to stay and a majority of the politicians in NI are 'Unionist' (meaning they want to maintain the Union with Britain). Some just don't think it's worth the bother either way and want to keep things pretty much as they are. I'm pretty sure that everyone here has signed up to a deal that basically means that no one can force the issue but just wait and let the people of Northern Ireland decide.
Thirdly, in the previous century, the Troubles cost the lives of plenty of people and it took a long time to get past that and the issue still occasionally comes up. The troubles lasted 30 years and 3 and a half thousand people died and 45,000 were injured so bringing it all up again isn't that appealing.
If you want to find out more on why the Northern Irish don't want a united Ireland, you're probably best looking way back into the past back to the partition of Ireland as the Republic became Independent (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_of_Ireland) and the plantations of Ireland back in the 1600s (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantation_of_Ulster) which basically involved the English invading and colonizing us. Hence, our love of beating them in rugby.
Wikipedia isn't the best source obviously but it's the morning and I'm tired so I can only look so much.1