Northern Ireland votes to reunify with Ireland to avoid Brexit

  • By Heena Patel

 Northern Ireland votes to reunify with Ireland and leave the UK in order to avoid Brexit

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A majority of people (57.8 per cent) would prefer to join a reunited Ireland and maintain their EU membership, than stay in the UK and be outside the bloc, a poll has suggested.


The survey commissioned by the European Parliament was conducted before Theresa May and the EU announced a breakthrough deal had been reached on the Ireland border issue, paving the way for talks to move on to the matter of future trade with the EU.



Although Northern Ireland still threatens to veto any deal that it deems unfavourable. With an ever growing rebellion in the Conversative and Labour parties calling for a new referendum to undo Brexit.


More than 2’000 people in Northern Ireland were asked whether they would vote to join a united Ireland or to stay in the UK.


The results showed a majority of people would support joining the Republic of Ireland, only 6 per cent said they were “undecided” but would definitely vote, while fewer than 1 per cent said they would not vote or spoil their ballot.


Speaking to the Derry Journal, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said the opinion poll results show “concern” about the “Tory/DUP Brexit agenda”.


“This vote, just like that of the majority who voted to remain in the EU in last year’s referendum, is drawn from all sections of society across the North,” she said.


“This shows the deep level of concern about the Tory/DUP Brexit agenda, and reinforces that the DUP do not represent the views of the people of the people of the North.”


“While of course this is an opinion poll, it also chimes with what we have been hearing in our engagements with people from all sections of society from across the North,” she added.


“What this shows is that more and more people now realise that securing special status for the North within the EU or reunification is achievable and offers the best protection for the Good Friday Agreement and citizens’ rights.”

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