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Old 07-03-2017, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by CaptainSensible View Post
That figure was based on a lot of assumptions that may or may not stack up.
The two main ones being harmonization of tax rates which will mean more foreign investment in the North, probably true, but will it come at the expense of the South and thus net net not yield any incremental gain over what would have been invested in any case?
Also secondly they assume the productivity gap will be closed, not sure why NI workers will be become more productive combined with the South as opposed to their current situation as part of the UK.

For the record I'd be in favour of a united Ireland but I'd be dubious of their figures. It took Germany 15 years to bring East Germany up to speed (probably still not fully there) and whilst there is no doubt they are stronger now there was a huge cost involved and they were coming at it from a position of far greater strength than we are.
In reality it would be very costly to this state unless the EU & what is left of the Uk can afford to finance the 6 counties for about 20 years on a sliding scale. The pension requirements up there are huge alone. If a hard Brexit happens the perilous UK finances will not be able to fuly fund the North anyway as well as the economic affects of leaving the single market.

That and trying to placate about 1 million + angry Unionists.

Of course all this is depending on a vote where the majority are willing to throw their lot in with the South and more and more Nationalists / Catholics / Protestants see themselves as "Northern Irish" rather than simply "Irish" or "Bratash"

The DUP could suddenly modernise and ditch their backward anti-Gay, abortion rights, gay wedding cake and pro-Brexit stance and get with the times as the younger generation will continue to reject their stance on many social issues.

What is in it for Cork?

Nothing, as the Dublin - Belfast axis would mop up all the infrastructure and investment spend.

Cork gets little enough as it is.
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