Over half of people polled fear a return to violence if border checkpoints return following Brexit 4 years ago

Over half of people polled fear a return to violence if border checkpoints return following Brexit

Over 1,000 people were asked about the future of Ireland in the aftermath of the impending Brexit.

In a survey by Amarách Research for RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live, the results were published on Monday night's show.

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When asked if the Brexit process was having a negative affect on Ireland's relationship with Britain, 68% of people said Yes, while 19% said No and 13% said Don't Know.

Next, they were asked if the customs checkpoints were to return to the border with Northern Ireland post-Brexit, did they fear a return to violence? 57% of those who answered said Yes, 30% said No, and 13% said Don't Know.

And finally, when asked if they wanted a united Ireland, 49% said Yes, 29% said No, and 22% said Don't Know.

At a press conference at Government Buildings on Monday, Leo Varadkar doubled down on his opinion about any possible border: "We do not want a border in the Irish Sea, any more than we want a border between Newry and Dundalk or Letterkenny and Derry."

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Additionally, Varadkar said that he was "surprised and disappointed" that the UK could not sign off on the border deal.

"The responsibility of any prime minister is to ensure that they can follow through on agreements that they make and we are surprised and disappointed that they haven’t been able to."

 

 

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