PM welcomes united Ireland 'rejection'

Published Wednesday, 06 February 2013
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The Prime Minister has welcomed the findings of a survey which suggest the majority of people in Northern Ireland would reject a united Ireland, if there were to be a border poll.

PM welcomes united Ireland 'rejection'
Prime Minister David Cameron. (© Getty)

The British and Irish governments have expressed the view that the time is not right for a border poll to be held, especially as tensions remain over the policy regarding the flying of the Union flag.

But Sinn Féin have continued to campaign for the public to get to vote on the future of Northern Ireland and whether or not it should remain part of the United Kingdom.

The DUP, who have suggested "calling their bluff" on the issue, made David Cameron aware of the findings of a BBC Spotlight survey during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

"I sometimes try and avoid opinion polls, so I haven't seen that one," Mr Cameron told DUP Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson and the House of Commons.

"But it looks like one that will lift the spirits of almost everyone in this House, because we believe in a United Kingdom and we believe in Northern Ireland being part of that United Kingdom."

Among the survey's findings, more than 90% of respondents who identified themselves as Protestant wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK.

Of those who identified themselves as Catholic, 38% also backed the Union - three percentage points more than backed a united Ireland.

When it came to the Union flag at Belfast City Hall, an overall 35% supported flying it 365 days a year - compared with 44% who supported the 18 designated days policy and 10% who thought it should not be flown at all.

The BBC said the poll was carried out by Ipsos Mori researchers, who interviewed more than 1,000 adults at 64 locations in Northern Ireland last month.

© UTV News
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56 Comments
Patrick in south east wrote (595 days ago):
Lads, calm down.Regardless of what way this poll went there will be a united Ireland in the next 20 to 30 years. Thats a certainty.
Liam in Derry, New Hampshire wrote (608 days ago):
Not that anyone wants an Americans opinion. But as an outsider looking in, its not even connected to them,its part of one island. it would be like after our revolution. We let the tories vote and keep Massachusetts.
Iain in Belfast wrote (621 days ago):
Happy face, maybe one day you will work out how to use a keyboard....you may even learn how to use the "caps lock" button.......
strabane in strabane wrote (621 days ago):
the funny thing is if u take the census this poll and sf vote it means n ireland will be part of the uk 4 years to come but it will be run by sf
Colin in Carryduff wrote (622 days ago):
Catholic majority wish to stay part of UK.Fair play to them for their positive thinking on where it is better to be in relation to the ecoomy for instance.It is the narrow minded bigots who find this hard to take.
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