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Dejevsky's way off the mark over province

In response to Mary Dejevsky's article (Comment, August 30), which suggested that Northern Ireland should be sold or transferred to the Irish Republic, M W Woods states (Write Back, September 1) that the British Government "at the stroke of a pen, can indeed cede the territory and Crown buildings of Northern Ireland to the Government of the Republic of Ireland and sweeten it with a wad of cash".

M W Woods is misinformed. A number of international agreements between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic - the Belfast Agreement most recently - provide for Northern Ireland's self-determination; in other words, Northern Ireland will leave the United Kingdom only with the consent of a majority of those members of its electorate who vote in any referendum on reunification.

C D C ARMSTRONG

Belfast

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