Sinn Féin (SF) and Alliance Party are the projected victors of the elections in Northern Ireland. There will be changes in Stormont and this will have affect on the rest of the United Kingdom. The voters has also turned their backs on Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). That is blow for the unionist, as the neutrals of the Alliance Party and the ones who wants Northern Ireland to be part of the Republic of Ireland, SF is winning.
That says something. The Unionists and the ones for ties to London has lost seats and in general mandate in Stormont. This should worry not only the ruling party in London, but make you wonder how this will be materialized in Northern Ireland. As there are more friendly representatives of Dublin, than of London.
That’s if the numbers and the forecasts are correctly. The first results and first picks gives a vast majority and makes SF the biggest party. The losers are DUP, UUP and SDLP. While also Alliance Party and TUV have also gained momentum this time around. However. Alliance and SF will be the two parties that matters this time around.
The DUP will possible cause a wreck and chaos, as they will not accept the results and whatnot. We should expect them to this lightly. As the main competitor is having a massive win and a possible landslide. While the neutrals Alliance is also gaining grounds. This is not good look for the DUP or other Unionists. They are losing ground and it’s so obvious that things are backfiring.
Maybe this is a reaction to the Brexit and how it is impacting Northern Ireland. It would maybe be easier to just join the Republic and be part of the European Union. Instead of being the lost province and the lost territory, which the British still have influence over. That will cause friction and possible issues yet again.
A call for a referendum and possibly join the Republic is on the horizon now. Especially, if the SF and Alliance becomes the winners. That will hurt the Unionists and their causes. It wouldn’t be any sort of shocker. There is a generation who is born since the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and only felt the results of the Brexit. Therefore, they are maybe moving towards Dublin and the European Union. Instead of being part of London and the United Kingdom. However, that is only speculation at this point.
This election isn’t only a result of Brexit and how it has played out in concern of Northern Ireland. Maybe, also many are tired of how the DUP has been politicking. They have seen how they used their majority and wants to try someone else. It is possible that the Unionists aren’t able to sell their cause and the alignment with UK any longer. Since, the UK is out of the EU and the advantages of it has gone in the wind.
When there is such vast changes between two elections. The latter can be caused by many things. Now that we are seeing the trickling in of results. It shows a change and it can have possible ramifications. That can shatter what we have seen before and we cannot turn the tide again. Nevertheless, the full results aren’t on the table and there is more counting tomorrow. The full tally will settle it all. However, SF and the Alliance is the projected winners of this election. That got to hurt plenty of parts of the Northern Ireland. It should also bring hope and inspire people as well.
It is hard to know how this plays out. While there was talks that Brexit could cause Northern Ireland to cede to Ireland. Now it is getting one step closer. Especially, if the SF gets a huge mandate and the Alliance, which is neutral and could co-sponsor a referendum. Peace.