Titled “Brexit, the Border and Union”, and conducted by the Conservative peer Lord Michael Ashcroft, the poll shows six out of 10 people questioned “would not mind either way” if Northern Ireland voted to leave the UK.
The Conservative claims, of those polled, there is hope that people will “come to their senses” once the full impact of the UK’s exit from the EU becomes clear ahead of the leave date of March 19.
The poll states: “Three quarters of Leave voters in Britain – and a majority of remainers – said they thought the Brexit negotiations and decisions about the UK’s future outside the EU were proceeding too slowly.”
Lord Ashcroft wrote: “Nearly half of leavers thought the responsibility lay with British politicians who wanted a soft Brexit, or to stop it altogether, with a quarter blaming the EU and other European governments.
“Remainers spread the blame more widely but were most inclined to point the finger at those pushing for a hard Brexit.”
The reports also revealed Irish politicians have been accused of “weaponising” the debate on Brexit on platforms such as Twitter, an accusation in part driven by a concern that their Brexit dreams may be dashed.
As the battle to negotiate the terms of a deal rages on, and detractors point towards disastrous consequences following Brexit.
And it seems of those surveyed in the UK, Northern Ireland is the least concerning worry on their minds. The survey suggests that the idea of a hard border in Northern Ireland may be a “price worth paying” to keep the Brexit negotiations on track.
But Lord Ashcroft polled people in Northern Ireland, saying that the country was “unhappy” at the prospect of the UK leaving the union.
Lord Ashcroft wrote: “In the Republic of Ireland, more than seven in ten voters said they were unhappy that the UK was leaving the EU.
“Three quarters thought the country had made the wrong decision, even according to its own interests.
“More than half thought Brexit would make the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland more distant, and two thirds thought the same was true of Ireland’s relationship with the UK as a whole.
“Three quarters said they felt positive about Ireland’s EU membership, and 80 percent said they would vote to remain if there were a referendum.”
Source : EXPRESS