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Sinn Fein activists calling for a border poll, stage a demonstration outside Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Picture date: Friday January 31, 2020.

Sinn Fein activists calling for a border poll, stage a demonstration outside Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Picture date: Friday January 31, 2020.

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Sinn Fein activists calling for a border poll, stage a demonstration outside Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Picture date: Friday January 31, 2020.

The UK is facing a constitutional crisis after the results of survey on regional independence showed a majority of Northern Ireland voters - 51% to 44% - want a border poll within the next five years.

A new poll from the Sunday Times 47% of those surveyed would back remaining in the UK, while 42% are undecided, showing unionists hold only a slender lead on those who want a united Ireland now.


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