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Arlene Foster believes no united Ireland in her lifetime

First Minister Arlene Foster has said she doesn't believe there will be a united Ireland in her lifetime. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

First Minister Arlene Foster has said she does not believe there will be a border poll in her lifetime.

Speaking to BBC NI's The View last night, the DUP leader said she also did not believe there would be a united Ireland in the same time frame either.

Mrs Foster's comments comes after Sinn Féin said it wants a referendum on Irish reunification within five years.

Some opinion polls also suggest there is an increase in support for getting rid of the border.

When asked if she thought there would be a united Ireland in her lifetime, the unionist leader, who is due to turn 50 this year, said: "No I don't".

When further asked about a border poll in the same time-frame, she again replied: "No, I don't".

When asked why, she said: "Because there has to be evidence there.

"As you know, the test for a border poll is that people would vote for it in a majority. And there's no evidence of that.

"Yes, people can have different opinion polls, but there's no tangible evidence if you look right across Northern Ireland."

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