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End of UK? Northern Ireland voters narrowly choose to rejoin Ireland in knife-edge poll

Lord Ashcroft’s polls found if a border vote was held in Northern Ireland tomorrow, 45 percent of voters would vote to stay in the UK compared to 46 percent who would choose to leave and join the Republic of Ireland. This rose to 51 percent to 49 percent for unification when the don’t knows and those who responded saying they would not vote are excluded.

Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Tory party, suggested the result may reflect the “uncertainty and anxiety surrounding Brexit”. Related articles
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Lord Ashcroft said of the results: “This is in fact a statistical tie, and well within the margin of error.“Such a result might also reflect the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding Brexit, the Irish border and its potential effect on life in the province, which could recede when the outcome is settled.

Northern Ireland could be edging closer towards Irish reunification (Image: Getty)
DUP leader Arlene Foster is against Northern Ireland rejoining Ireland (Image: Getty)“Be that as it may, the result underlines what could be at stake in the quest for a workable Brexit solution on the island of Ireland.

”The results were divided by unionists and nationalists, and also by age group.Unsurprisingly nationalists voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the UK and joining the Republic of Ireland, by 98 percent to two percent.Similarly, unionists voted in favour of staying within the UK by 95 percent to five percent.

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EXPRESS.CO.UK POLL: If no deal is off the table, what should Boris do? Over 65s were the only voters with a clear majority in favour of staying in the union, with 62 percent preferring to stay in the UK compared to 38 percent who preferred Irish unification.

Younger voters aged between 18-24 swung the other way by 60 percent to 40 percent backing leaving the UK and joining the Republic of Ireland.Voters in the middle age brackets were more split, with 25-44 year olds supporting reunification by 55 percent to 45 percent and 45-64 year olds backing the same by a narrow margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.

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