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Let's take a census on will for united Ireland

Published 23/08/2016

There has been a huge amount of media coverage on a border poll, due to the EU referendum result.

Successive secretaries of state have said conditions have not been met for this.

I believe that to really have a good idea if the people of Northern Ireland would like a border poll you would need to include a question in the next Northern Ireland census in 2021.

The question should be: "If the economic conditions were favourable, would you vote for a united Ireland?", or something to that effect.

If the majority of the census returns provided a favourable result, then the Secretary of State at that time would have no other option other than pushing for a proper border poll.

The timing would be significant, in that the people would be providing their viewpoint on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Northern Ireland state.

JOHN McSORLEY

Belfast

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