United Ireland - After Scotland, Northern Ireland considering breaking the Union, Survey finds
Jan 27 2021
The majority of people in England are either "pleased" or "not bothered" about the prospect of Irish unification, according to a new poll.
A referendum on Scottish Independence and a border poll with the potential to unite Northern Ireland and the Republic could be on the cards in the coming years, after a new poll commissioned by The Sunday Times found the United Kingdom to be facing a "constitutional crisis".
She was speaking after a poll commissioned by the Sunday Times in NI found 51% of people want a referendum on Irish unity in the next five years.
Wales has traditionally been a pro-Union.
'For us in Northern Ireland, what we have to do is all come together to fight against COVID and not be distracted by what would be absolutely reckless at this time'.
Sinn Féin leader Michelle O'Neill, who supports Irish reunification, said that an "unstoppable conversation" on the topic was already taking place.
'It is not that I'm dead against it.
The fate of the United Kingdom is in the hands of the people of all four kingdoms.
"Nobody is suggesting, not even this poll is suggesting, that we would lose if there was a border poll".
50% of those surveyed in Scotland want to see a referendum for independence in the next five years, compared to 43% against and 7% undecided. There is an unstoppable conversation under way on our constitutional future.
"Now that we have the vaccine programme running so effectively in Northern Ireland, that gives a lot of hope for people in the future".
The polling was carried out between 15 and 22 of January, with 2,392 people polled in Northern Ireland, 1,206 in Scotland, 1,416 in England, and 1,059 in Wales.
'We only came back into devolution after three years out of devolution in January last year and then we came into the pandemic in March. "We just need to keep working together and make sure we get to the end of this journey and make sure we get through it so that we can rebuild our economy and society".
Mrs Foster said she thought it was "very disappointing" that some nationalist parties in the United Kingdom were focusing on "constitutional politics" during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"By remaining in the European Union single market", Mr Osborne wrote in The Evening Standard, "it is for all economic intents and purposes now slowly becoming part of a united Ireland". Our biggest market so far is Great Britain and will continue to be Great Britain, both in terms of who we send our services to and who we receive our services from.
Leader Arlene Foster called a potential vote to reunify the island of Ireland would be "absolutely reckless" on Sunday.