I have a question for anyone who considers themselves to be a Unionist. It's something I've always wondered about, so I'm putting it out there now.
What aspects that you, as Ulster Unionists, envisage about the prospect of a United Ireland make you opposed to it?
It seems to me that given the lack of any actual presentation of a vision for unifying Ireland by either Sinn Fein, the SDLP or the Southern parties, that there is no actual vision on the table. Rather, the idea of a United Ireland is a vacuum, an absence, a tabula rasa.
So since a unified island nation could potentially be anything you wish it to be, what is it that you, as Unionists are concerned about?
Rules of Engagement: Entitlement to British citizenship is already secured under the GFA, and the Republic isn't a Catholic theocracy.
Therefore arguments based on an attachment to a British (or to be accurate a Northern Irish or British-Irish) identity or opposition to the Catholic Church aren't valid for the purposes of this discussion.
Trolls posing as Unionists and those suspected of being such don't get to play, and non-Unionists don't get to second-guess or mindread what they think Unionist opinions on the issue really are.
What I'm really curious about here is what do Unionists believe a United Ireland might look like, what do they fear or oppose in that, is there a form of United Ireland acceptable to Unionists, and if not, why not?
I await your answers with eager interest. The floor is yours.