What’s next for Northern Ireland after Sinn Fein’s historic win?

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Sinn Fein’s party for the first time in its history became the party with the most votes in Northern Ireland and was able to achieve a parliamentary majority that would allow it to lead a new government in the country that is part of Great Britain. With republican leanings, Sinn Fein is the political arm of the IRA group and for many years has flown the flag of its territory’s reunification with the Republic of Ireland. In this issue of The Debate we analyze the history of political change in Northern Ireland.

After the election, Sinn Fein’s leader, Michelle O’Neill, has called for a debate on Irish unity. However, the priority now is the formation of a government. The party with the most votes appoints the chief minister of the autonomous executive, while the party with the second largest number of supports appoints the deputy chief minister, both positions of almost equal relevance.

What does Sinn Fein’s victory mean for Northern Irish politics? Are there conditions for a reunification referendum? How much weight has fallen on Northern Ireland after Brexit thanks to the protocol signed between London and Brussels? What succeeded in catapulting Sinn Fein into voter preference? What role does its current leader, Michelle O’Neill, have? We analyze these and other points together with our guests:

– Daniel Nina, legal expert and doctorate in social theory, professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

– Eva Millán, analyst and international correspondent in the UK and Ireland for the Spanish network Antenna 3.

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