McGuinness: United Ireland vote ‘imperative’ following Brexit

McGuinness: United Ireland vote ‘imperative’ following Brexit
24/04/2016. Sinn Fein Comemoration. Pictured Deputy First Minister in Northen Ireland Martin McGuinness joined hundreds of people gather in front of the GPO for the Sinn Fein Comemoration, on the official date of the 1916 Rising. Photo: Sam Boal/

A narrow win for the Brexit campaign, despite Northern Ireland voting to Remain, opens the door for a vote on reunification according to the Deputy First Minister.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said that there was now a ‘democratic imperative’ for a border vote, while lambasting, the now resigned PM, David Cameron for letting the situation get this far.

Northern Ireland had a majority of 56 per cent to 44 per cent in favour of Remain, while the Leave vote got an overall 51.9 to 48.1 per cent result across the whole of Britain.

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I think this a good result for the United Kingdom. Our nation state has made a clear definition as to where they want to go forward.

“They backed hope, they backed aspiration, they backed the future potential of the United Kingdom and I’m very pleased with the result.”

But Sinn Fein has called for a united Ireland referendum after saying voters had ‘dragged Northern Ireland out of the EU’.

It is the only part of the UK that now shares a border with an EU country.

“The British government now has no democratic mandate to represent the views of the North in any future negotiations with the European Union and I do believe that there is a democratic imperative for a ‘border poll’ to be held,” he said.

“We are now in unchartered waters, nobody really knows what is going to happen. The implications for all of us on the island of Ireland are absolutely massive. This could have very profound implications for our economy.”

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