An opinion poll for the BBC has shown surging support in Northern Ireland for a united Ireland.
28% of respondents said Brexit is the reason why they are now more likely to support a united Ireland. A previous poll that Queen’s University Belfast conducted put support for a united Ireland at a much lower 21%. But polling company Lucid Talk’s Bill White believes that the online method of polling leads to more “shy” voters taking part. Some might not feel comfortable declaring support for a united Ireland during in-person interviews.
The government’s handling of Brexit has been called “incompetent” and a “shambles“. Its own foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has slammed the government’s approach. And the Irish border problem has consistently held up Brexit negotiations. Added to this uncertainty, the economic outlook for the UK is bleak, down to 0.1% growth in the first quarter of 2018.
The pound has plummeted by 12% in value against the euro since Brexit, and observers predict that it will lead to a “lost decade” and a loss of half a million jobs. On the other hand, the Irish Republic economy is gathering steam, growing three times faster than any other European country.