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Poll: Republic thinks Brexit has no impact or reduces united Ireland prospects

The BBC's Stephen Nolan and RTÉ's Claire Byrne
Brendan Hughes

A MAJORITY of people in the Republic believe Brexit has no impact or even reduces the likelihood of a united Ireland, a new survey suggests.

While 35 per cent think Brexit makes a united Ireland more likely, 32 believe less likely and 22 consider it to make no difference, while 11 per cent were unsure.

In Northern Ireland, 62 per cent thought the UK leaving the European Union makes a united Ireland more likely, compared to 11 saying less likely, 24 per cent no difference and three per cent unsure.

The results came from a poll carried out for a joint live TV broadcast last night about Brexit between the BBC's Nolan Live and RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live programmes.

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In the poll, the majority across Ireland said the UK should not proceed with Brexit if it meant a hard border on the island.

Asked whether the UK should proceed with Brexit if it meant a hard border, 61 per cent in the north said no, 36 per cent said yes and three per cent were undecided. In the south 83 per cent said no, 10 per cent said yes and seven per cent were unsure.

Most believed there should be a second referendum in the event of a UK-EU deal on the terms of Brexit.

In Northern Ireland, 58 per cent said yes to a second referendum, 38 per cent said no and four per cent were undecided. In the Republic 77 per cent said yes, 14 per cent said no and nine per cent were undecided.

On their financial situation post-Brexit, 55 per cent in Northern Ireland felt they would be worse off; nine per cent said better off; seven per cent said they didn't know; and 29 per cent said it would make no difference.

In the Republic, 34 per cent believed they'd be worse off; two per cent better off; 44 per cent no difference; and 20 per cent unsure.

The survey was carried out by Amarách Research and LucidTalk on November 8 and 9, polling more than 1,000 adults in the Republic and more than 1,000 adults in Northern Ireland.

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