In Irish/British politics, Unionist describes those who wish to retain the Union between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, viz. the United Kingdom, as opposed to entering into a united Ireland. The main unionist party is the UUP, led by David Trimble, although there are a number of smaller parties, not least Ian Paisley's hardline DUP, and the parties associated with Loyalist paramilitary groups.

Un"ion*ist, n.

1.

One who advocates or promotes union; especially a loyal supporter of a federal union, as that of the United States.

2.

A member or supporter of a trades union.

 

© Webster 1913.

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