Should the British Government be praised or blamed for the partition of Ireland?

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The partition of Ireland took place in 1922 and divided the island into two. A new Protestant majority state which remained part of the United Kingdom was made up of six northern counties. The rest of Ireland became a new independent Catholic majority state. Britain claimed partition was the only solution to prevent civil war and protect the rights of Protestants. The majority in Ireland disagreed and have been pushing for the reunification of Ireland for the last century.