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Sinn Fein calls for Ireland reunification poll if UK votes to leave EU - do you agree?

By Michael McHugh

Published 12/03/2016

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

There should be a vote on the reunification of Ireland if the UK leaves the EU, Martin McGuinness said yesterday.

The Deputy First Minister said an exit would be against the wishes of the Irish people.

"Such a negative development would represent a political and economic game-changer," he added.

"Ireland's place, north and south, is in Europe and leading change in Europe. If Britain votes to leave the European Union, that could have huge implications for the island of Ireland and, given all the predictions, would run counter to the democratic wishes of the Irish people.

"If there is a vote in Britain to leave the EU, there is a democratic imperative to provide Irish citizens with the right to vote in a border poll to end partition and to retain a role within the EU.

"I have proposed to Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers that, given the enormous significance of these issues, the British Government now gives a firm commitment to an immediate border poll in the event that Britain votes to leave the European Union."

The DUP are the only large party in Northern Ireland to come out in favour of a Brexit. Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists and the SDLP are campaigning to remain in Europe.

The referendum deciding the UK's membership will be held on June 23.

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