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68% in Northern Ireland want referendum on leaving the UK

29 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
The Sormont Assembly building in Northern Ireland. Picture by Robert Paul Young (CC BY 2.0).

68% of people in Northern Ireland want a referendum on whether they stay in the UK or join the Republic of Ireland, according to a new poll.

37% wanted a referendum within the next five years while 31% wanted one further out. Only 29% felt there should never be such a referendum.

The poll by Lucid Talk for the Belfast Telegraph comes after the new SNP-Greens coalition in Scotland agreed to hold a referendum on independence within the next five years, and preferably by the end of 2023.

According to the Northern Ireland poll, 49% supported maintaining the Union, with 42% favouring a united Ireland. A further 9% of participants said they had not yet made up their minds but intended to vote.

The latest Scottish independence poll shows a 3% lead for the ‘No’ side, by 47% to 44%.

While polls in neither Northern Ireland or Scotland show a majority for breaking away, the possibility of referenda in both countries might have an impact on the constitutional debate in Wales.

The latest Welsh independence poll, by Savanta ComRes in April, showed 28% for independence, 57% against and 15% undecided.

The Lucid Talk poll for the Belfast Telegraph was carried out online from August 20 until Au­gust 23, with 2,435 responses received.

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j humphrys
j humphrys
26 days ago

Wake-up call for Welsh unionists?

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
26 days ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Someone should wake up Alister ‘Union’ Jack (the Scottish Viceroy-General) that over 60% of part of the Disunited Kingdumb want a referendum about leaving said ‘UK’.

Won’t be long now until our cousins in Scotland reach that benchmark, too. What’s Jack going to do then? Employ his minions to move the goalposts – yet again?

See, Alister Jack’s amazing mobile goalposts « Wee Ginger Dug (wordpress.com)

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
26 days ago

The breakup of the UK is getting closer everyday. We in Wales need to start preparing – we don’t want to be left with England. Our children deserve better.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
26 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Let’s not celebrate too soon whilst declaring that the Union is on borrowed time. The figures would indicate that the division of support for indy or remaining in the Union is very fine in a similar way to the way the Brexit referendum was, which caused a lot of division and recrimination, which echoes to this day. Support for indy resides at less than half wit the electorates in Scotland or Northern Ireland, and at just over a quarter of the electorate supportive of indy in Wales. Firm foundations on which to build, but far too soon to make a… Read more »

Last edited 26 days ago by Padi Phillips
Ruth Zhungu
22 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Wales need to work on inclusion and sense of belonging and justice of fairness. Action not just making noise. People would like to see it smell it touch it and live it. The more you immense yourself the more people join in even those who are against will turn around to your side that is mind shifting.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
26 days ago

Ironic if both Scotland & NI leave this failing British Union. And I agree with others when they say it’s an eye opener and a wake up call to Welsh Unionists.

A question to ponder. What will they to do if this becomes a reality and this false Union withers down to two? Will they reveal their true agenda finally of how they want to strip Wales of its nationhood and merge us into a Greater England. All I say is this. They can try, but you will evidently fail.

Last edited 26 days ago by Y Cymro
Donald Anderson
Donald Anderson
24 days ago

It will gather momentum once the campaign starts. That is what they are afraid of.

Rob
Rob
23 days ago

Unionists in Wales seriously need to be asking themselves the following…. What will the United Kingdom look like after Scottish Independence and Irish Reunification? Is a Union of just England and Wales really viable? What will be the name of this Union, and what will its flag look like? What would the national status of Wales be around the world when we are no longer share the same status as Scotland? A country within the Kingdom of England & Wales, will it still be entitled to field its own separate sporting teams? How long would the Welsh accept this, How… Read more »

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