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Villiers should commit to border poll in event of Brexit – McGuinness

11 March, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has called on British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to commit to holding a border poll in the event that Britain votes to leave the European Union. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"Ireland’s place north and south is in Europe and leading change in Europe.

"If Britain votes to leave the European Union then that could have huge implications for the entire island of Ireland and, given all the predictions, would run counter to the democratic wishes of the Irish people.

“Such a negative development would represent a political and economic game changer.

“If there is a vote in Britain to leave the EU there is a democratic imperative to provide Irish citizens with the right to vote in a Border Poll to end partition and retain a role in the EU. 

“The Good Friday Agreement provides for a border poll to be conducted with Britain bound to legislate for any change arising. 

"I have proposed to Theresa Villiers that, given the enormous significance of these issues, the British government now give a firm commitment to an immediate border poll in the event Britain votes to leave the European Union.”

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