British voters would rather Northern Ireland leave the UK in exchange for good Brexit deal 11 months ago

British voters would rather Northern Ireland leave the UK in exchange for good Brexit deal

The latest poll shows a wide margin in favour of it.

YouGov have asked mainland Britons a series of questions regarding Northern Ireland, and its place within the UK following Brexit.

The questions asked were presented to both Leave and Remain voters, with the first being: "How much do you care about things that happen in Northern Ireland?"

On average, 51% said they care a fair amount, while 41% said they don't care very much or at all. This was broken down further into the Remain voters (62% do care, 30% do not) and Leave voters (48% do care, 47% do not).

Next, they were asked if they would be bothered if Northern Ireland left the UK and the answers broke down as follows:

  • General Population: 9% pleased, 41% not bothered, 41% upset
  • Remain voters: 10% pleased, 33% not bothered, 49% upset
  • Leave voters: 8% pleased, 50% not bothered, 37% upset

And finally, they were asked if they would rather have Northern Ireland leave the UK, in favour of the rest of the UK getting a favourable Brexit deal.

58% of the general population said they'd rather Northern Ireland leave, with just 18% saying they'd rather have Northern Ireland stay part of the UK, instead of getting a good Brexit deal.

Those numbers are broken down into the following: Remain voters - 58% preferred Brexit deal, 22% Northern Ireland to stay, and Leave voters - 64% preferred Brexit deal, 16% for Northern Ireland to stay part of the UK.

The poll was conducted amongst a group of 1,641 adults in Great Britain at the end of last month.