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The UK today: A Union of Consent or Coercion?

Join us on 18th July for this important Irish Border Poll debate. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a referendum on Scottish Independence on October 19th 2023. A clear majority of MSPs support the IndyRef. If Boris Johnson blocks the poll – is the UK a Union of consent or coercion? This debate aims […]

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Northern Ireland: The Union or a United Ireland?

On 16th June irishborderpoll.com hosted a debate between Ben Habib and Kevin Meagher on the topic ‘Northern Ireland: The Union or a United Ireland?‘. Watch a video of the discussion below…

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It’s anti-democratic to not clarify criteria for a Border Poll

A difficulty of the Good Friday Agreement is the lack of clarity around the precise criteria required to trigger a border poll. Is it election results to Westminster? The Stormont Assembly? Or council elections? Or something else entirely? That the decision lies with a British government led by an untrustworthy Prime Minister Boris Johnson is […]

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Sinn Fein understands that presentation matters

As a PR type, I always shudder at those images of stern-looking middle-aged blokes stood behind one or other of Northern Ireland’s political leaders while they conduct a television interview. An equal opportunities criticism to be sure given all the parties do it. Its fine when its your negotiating team heading into talks, but as […]

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When it comes to Irish unity, the SDLP needs to raise its game

‘The SDLP’s nationalist, no question about,’ said the party’s South Belfast MP, Claire Hanna, responding to this website’s editor at an ‘Ireland’s Future’ event in the House of Commons last night. Kevin Rooney asked if it was still accurate to include them in a tally of parties committed to Irish unity. A reasonable question, given […]

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The Problem with the Protocol is the Union

Peter Ramsay argues that the crisis of Ulster Unionism presents an opportunity for British democracy to demonstrate the world-historical power of national sovereignty. Our tragedy is that there is no political force in Britain able to seize it. Sinn Fein’s victory in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections marks a historical turning point. For the first […]

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Just 5,000 votes separate pro-UK and pro-Irish unity parties

I had intended to jump straight on the voting figures from last week’s elections and tot-up what they meant, vis-à-vis Irish unity. I have to say that I am indebted to Daithí McKay for beating me to it and saving me the arduous task (and eye strain) of ploughing through yet more tables of figures. […]