Northern Ireland

John Walsh: Seismic shifts in UK politics are likely to affect the direction of Irish unity

With our nearest neighbour sliding into existential crisis and tensions rising between the home nations, it’s impossible to predict what a united Ireland would look like

A border poll on Irish unity will take place against a backdrop of growing uncertainty about the future. Picture: Getty

The pro-Union camp took great comfort from a poll released last weekend which showed that 50 per cent of the electorate in Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the United Kingdom, whereas only 26 per cent would opt for a united Ireland. Interestingly, a majority in both the North and South want a referendum on Irish unity, although they differ on the time frame.

It is important to note that the people who responded ...