Three-quarters of Irish voters support a united Ireland

Just 43 per cent trust the British government in Brexit negotiations


Almost three quarters of people in Ireland would favour a united Ireland according to a new poll.

The data compiled for a programme airing on RTÉ tonight, Brexit, Trump and Us, finds that when asked if they would favour a united Ireland if it made sense following a Brexit deal, 74 per cent of people in Ireland said they would favour this, with 21 per cent against.

Last month, the now outgoing Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, described as ‘hugely important’ a decision by EU leaders that Northern Ireland would automatically be part of the EU if it ever decided to unite with the rest of Ireland.

The findings come as a survey by LucidTalk for the Irish Sun and radio station U105 has found that with Brexit looming, across Northern Ireland, 51 per cent support the idea of a border poll, with 39.2 per cent opposing it.

Among Catholics, support for a referendum on Northern Ireland’s constitutional future is at 75.8 per cent, with 16 per cent against. Among Protestants, 26.3 per cent expressed support for a vote on the border, with 68.3 per cent against.

The RTÉ poll also found that 82 per cent of respondents in Ireland believe politicians there should be tougher in their dealings with the EU over Brexit. Asked whether they trusted parties to the upcoming Brexit negotiations to protect Irish interests, 75 per cent of voters trusted the Irish Government to do so; 72 per cent trusted the EU’s negotiating team; while only 43 per cent trusted the British government.

Sixty-seven per cent of respondents said that they want to see further EU integration once a Brexit deal has been agreed.

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor at Left Foot Forward

See: Ireland is about to get a new prime minister – what does that mean for Brexit?

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