>> Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union last year. But as this mural in the capital Belfast attests, many pro-British loyalists supported Brexit. As Northern Ireland prepares for a snap election this Thursday, it's clear the splits cleaving the rest of the UK resonate deeply here. The largest unionist party, the DUP, campaigned for leave, Nationalist Sinn Féin to stay, to remain closer to the Irish Republic.
North Belfast is a patchwork of communities and it's clear that divisions still run deep, especially in poorer areas. I'm Lucy Fielder, reporting for Reuters from Tigers Bay, where it's clear that Brexit has become another bone of contention between the republican and loyalist communities.>> Not the politicians.>> Presbyterian pastor and former DUP councillor, Eric Smith, preaches thinly veiled criticism of Sinn Fein.
And the fact that the unionists have to share power with them under the agreement that ended the violence known as The Troubles. He also urged his flock to vote for Brexit.>> We believe that the European Union is the anti-Christ. Nations all come together, and will dictate to other nations and go against what people believe in, and that's contrary.
>> In Republican areas, Brexit is overwhelmingly opposed. Nationalists want to unite Ireland, and for the border to melt away, not harden into one between the UK and the EU.>> It's going to affect every single townland, village, city across the entire land of Ireland. Arguably, it's a fact will be felt most in the border countries, but let's haveno doubt about this, this is going to be catastrophic for the entire island.
And that's why we're arguing for single designated status for the North within the European Union.>> Brexit didn't cause Northern Ireland's latest crisis, but it has added another element to its explosive mix of sectarianism and politics.