I think this vote should take effect but only if there is a clear majority in favour of one decision which is shared by all 3 constituencies i.e. ROI, NI and Great Britain. Otherwise the status quo prevails.
Is the de-papalising of the Republic happening evenly or are we seeing a polarisation between Catholic and secular counties in the South of Ireland?.
It's not even, but it's notable that all but one constituency voted to legalise same-sex marriage, and all but one constituency voted to legalise abortion.
Yes, but this buys far too much into the narrative, common in GB during the Troubles and in part promoted by Liberals in the Republic of Ireland, that opposition to a United Ireland was driven by opposition to the 'Theocracy' of the Republic (Home Rule being Rome Rule and all that) and that Ireland had to first become secular and more diverse before it could unify. This argument only ever really had any sort of plausibility (and then only for people outside the North) when the UUP was the dominant Unionist party in the North and Ian Paisley was treated as an extremist oddball. In practice, when it came to 'social-moral issues' that are frequently associated with religious politics while the North was significantly more liberal than the South (nothing like the Censorship of Publications Act, thank you very much) it was still significantly more illiberal than the rest of GB. Abortion, after all, is still illegal in NI despite the 1967 Abortion Act and this was at best a bipartisan effort by both religious groups (with Protestants in the lead o/c). A particularly Protestant legacy, which never applied in the Republic, is the importance of Sabbatarianism in many parts of the Province, which only has equivalents in certain parts of Scotland, not the rest of GB, and is still ongoing. These are just two examples.
What is true though is that particularly religious nature of the conflict is declining and dimming and majorities of both communities would probably support legalizing gay marriage and abortion (Although it must be said that the SDLP has dragged its feet on this even more than Fianna Fail did and have). This though has not changed the calculus of 'community'. Indeed this increasingly liberal attitude has existed along with the weakening of the more bourgeois Nationalist and Unionist parties and their replacement with more populist alternatives (UUP to DUP and SDLP to SF). In practice it is best to see the Northern conflict as more akin to Yugoslavia than anything in GB, it is fundamentally ethnic character and for most of the participants in violence the two groups might as well be called the Crips and the Bloods, as opposed to anything theological or rooted in 'social issues'.
Yeah I voted abstain. 9 times out of 10 when English voters decide what should happen in Northern Ireland things don't end well. I'm not sure I'd have supported the Stella Creasy amendment yesterday for similar reasons, it's about imposing change on NI without them having a proper voice. Perhaps a referendum on such emotive issues would be right though - it seemed to be helpful in the Republic of Ireland?
Anyway - I trust the people of NI to determine their future. So abstain from me.