The Economist wonders: Why is Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom?

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Why is Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom? (via The Economist)

IT IS almost a year since riots hit the streets of Belfast last December. They were caused by a motion to limit the number of days Britain’s Union Jack flag flew on Belfast City Hall. Severe rioting lasted for two months and seemed to centre on the…