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Adrian Dunbar predicts Brexit will lead to united Ireland - 'It's only six counties of Ireland now and one of these days it'll be 32 and that'll be the end of it'

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar
Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has predicted that Brexit will lead to a united Ireland.

The Enniskillen actor said he believed that any attempt to enforce border infrastructure could lead to civil unrest.

"It's only six counties of Ireland now and one of these days it'll be 32 and that'll be the end of it," he told the Sun.

Dunbar became a household name playing Superintendent Ted Hastings in the popular BBC show after spending many years working on stage and screen.

The 60-year-old, who comes from a Catholic family of seven, said that he believed a united Ireland was the logical next step.

"That's what happens next. A lot of what we do, everything of what we do, there is not a border anymore," he said.

"You don't feel like there's a border anymore and we have lived for many years now with that feeling and that feeling is great for all of us.

"So to go back to that would be a really backward step, and nobody wants that. I think there'll be a bit of civil unrest if there is ­border infrastructure."

Dunbar said that he didn't believe Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt would deliver a good Brexit deal for Northern Ireland.

"We don't know what is going to ­happen with Brexit, it's not going to be good for the North anyway whatever happens," the actor said.

Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty
Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty

"It's not going to be good for Ireland whatever happens. And the problem is we don't know what is going to happen so we can't really prepare so everything is speculation.

"You don't really know if the Tories elect a new leader if that leader is going to survive, whether it's a general election and whether that will be a test of whether people want to go or remain (in the EU)."

Dunbar said that the majority of decisions taken at Westminster promoted England's interests and ignored the rest of the UK.

"But you have to realise that there are 55million odd people in England and the rest — Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland — makes up the rest of the UK.

"So most decisions, or all decisions, are England-centric. So a decision will be made on what's best for England and then the regions, as they call them, will ­follow.

"But the North voted to remain, it would be very good for the North to remain."

The Line of Duty star said one option could be an All-Ireland economy, with Northern Ireland remaining within the UK.

"I think if we had an All-Ireland economy and the North was in the UK and in the EU that would be very good for the North," Dunbar said.

"It would bring a lot of investment and so forth. But that may not happen, we don't know."

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