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Sovereignty: Northern Ireland

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN HL1406, tabled on 21 July 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions have to be met before they would consider triggering a Border Poll in Northern Ireland, and whether those conditions currently exist.

Answered on

3 August 2016

The UK Government remains fully committed to the Belfast Agreement. This includes the obligation for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to call a border poll if he believes there is majority support for a united Ireland. However, it is the Secretary of State’s view that a majority of the people of Northern Ireland continue to support the current political settlement, including Northern Ireland’s position within the United Kingdom.