British favour united Ireland - poll
Less than one in three of British voters want the North of
Ireland to remain part of their country, according to a new
The online poll is in line with previous polls which have shown
strong support for a British withdrawal from Ireland on the
Some 46% of those polled by the YouGov organisation for the
Sunday Times said they want to see a united Ireland. A quarter
said they don't know, while 30% said the North should remain
In other findings, 64% of British voters said they believe the
IRA's armed struggle is likely to be renewed at some point,
while 36% said it would not or expressed no opinion.
The North's political parties are mostly blamed for the peace
stalemate, with 42% saying "Sinn Fein and the IRA" are to blame
while 18% blame Ian Paisley's DUP. Just 6% blamed the British
government for the deadlock.
* The former head of the RUC's Special Branch has said that a
united Ireland is "inevitable". In a newspaper interview, Bill
Lowry declared that "when we come to a united Ireland there will
have to be a new flag and a new anthem, whenever that happens,
which I believe is inevitable".