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Poll: DUP MLA won't be 'forced out' of united Ireland - what would you do?

DUP MLA Christopher Stalford has said he would never leave in the event of a united Ireland.

He told the BBC's 'The View' he would never allow himself to feel "pushed out" from his home. 

"I was born and reared here. My family have been here for hundreds of years. This is our home," Mr Stalford said.

The comments come after DUP leader Arlene Foster said she might leave the country in the event of a united Ireland.

The former First Minister was speaking on Patrick Kielty's Documentary 'My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me'.  

South Belfast MLA Stalford said more needed to be done to bring people together and many unionists may consider leaving in the event of a united Ireland.

"They feel they would effectively be pushed into the Irish sea. That's the feeling that exists," he said.

"For my part though, I would never leave this island.

"We need to show that you can be British and Irish at the same time".

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood told Mr Salford that the Good Friday Agreement would protect unionism in the event of a successful border poll.    

"I'm not sure I'll ever convince Christopher, but... we can convince enough people in time. I would say to Christopher - this is your home as much as mine."

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald said that everyone would have to feel at home to make a united Ireland work.

"Of course unionists have to be at home in a new Ireland. It has to be as much a home for Arlene Foster and her family as for mine," she said.

"So, yes, let's have the discussion.

"As far as I'm concerned nothing is taboo. Let's talk about the flag, let's talk about the anthem, let's talk about every nuance and every aspect of Irish life north and south."

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