Not Surrendering - Protestant Loyalists Life in Post - Conflict Northern Ireland, 2010-2020
Although the conflict between Irish Catholics and British Protestants in Northern Ireland officially ended in 1998 with the Good Friday Agreement, with fundamental conditions of no border between Ulster and Ireland, after 23 years of peace process – echoes back recurrently and significantly to this day. Even if the conflict’s amplitude has significantly weakened, it does continue to take a hard toll on the residents of the region. Deep hate divides most parts of the province. According to the Independent Reporting Commission there are 12.500 existing British, illegal paramilitary groups members formed during the conflict with the express intention of executing known IRA men. Those groups are still active and control most of the areas, even at the small villages. Third generation from working class districts, still have big problem with unemployment and what is more important, since The Troubles the number of people who commit suicide in last two decades, is larger than people who been killed during the conflict. It clearly shows us that the United Kingdom doesn't know how to fix it. From 2007 to 2013, the EU spent 2.4 billion euros on peace projects in the region and set community-building initiatives for 2014-20 (up to 229 million euros) on projects aimed at integrating Protestants and Catholics.
After Brexit day, 31st January 2020 the United Kingdom is no longer a member of European Union with an economic border located at the Irish sea from 1st January 2021, which indicates that Northern Ireland in the future will be part of Ireland.
The majority of Ulster loyalists are against Irish unity. This is a reassertion of a loyalists position as many of those campaigning for Brexit. British illegal paramilitaries groups called Boris Johnson’s deal with the EU a "Betrayal act".