As someone who originally comes from Northern Ireland, I do not want to see the country's progress sacrificed to make way for something it did not vote for, any more than I want to see Scotland fall for the exact same reason (with an even larger Remain vote). I equally do not want to see the future of the Republic of Ireland sacrificed for something it did not even have a vote in, and I am every bit as concerned about what Brexit will do to England and Wales.
Next Saturday there will be a Rally for Remain at Belfast City Hall at 3pm. I am intending to travel over (weather permitting) on the ferry from Cairnryan - most likely the 7.30am - to make a morning of it in Belfast, and to then attend the rally in the afternoon, before coming home on the evening boat. If anyone else from Scotland or England is thinking of travelling over, I'd be more than happy to hold an informal genealogy Q&A on board going over and/or coming back, to talk over Irish or Scottish research queries, or even Brexit related issues, such as how to apply for an Irish passport.
If you're interested, keep an eye out for me and don't be afraid to come over and have a chat!
For those who perhaps don't know about the dangers that Brexit poses to Ireland, north and south, can I refer you to the following episodes of 3 Blokes in a Pub on YouTube, where much of its impact is discussed:
Northern Ireland (https://youtu.be/71007zb2OnI)
Republic of Ireland (https://youtu.be/CKIsFmGH8v8)
If you don't agree, no problems, normal service on this blog will soon be resumed!
And if like me you are absolutely terrified about what the current Brexit shambles will do to our future prosperity, our peace process and much more, please do get the word out.
Hopefully see you there!
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