Border poll a distraction from more pressing issues – Kennedy

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has described calls for a border poll as a distraction from more pressing issues.

Danny Kennedy, who represents Newry & Armagh, said:

“Sinn Féin cite the 1998 Belfast Agreement as the means for a border poll, but the legislation is clear - the Secretary of State can only call a poll 'if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland.' (1998 Act, Schedule 1, para 2)

“This BBC survey confirms it appears very unlikely a majority want change. There is no need for the distraction of a border poll and we need to focus on more pressing issues.”

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