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Slight majority for Irish reunification in Northern Ireland, poll claims

Slight majority for Irish reunification in Northern Ireland, poll claims

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (Sept 11) he would continue to insist that the so-called backstop - a clause relating to the Irish border - is removed from any exit deal he agrees with the European Union.

Channel 4 reported tonight that it has obtained documents revealing that the Prime Minister has requested guidance from the Treasury and Department for Transport on the possible costs and risks of such a project.

One of the risk factors is said to include "WW2 munitions in the Irish Sea".

Government spokesman told Channel 4 News: "Government regularly commissions work to examine the feasibility of projects".

The comment comes only a few hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with D.U.P. leader, Arlene Foster and D.U.P. leader in the House of Commons, Nigel Dodds in No. 10 Downing Street.

"Mr Johnson's stupid, unsafe fantasy can not become Ireland's nightmare, because Brexit is a very English problem and the consequences of it can not be shifted on to Ireland".

"This PM has made no secret of his support for infrastructure projects that increase connectivity for people and particularly those that strengthen the Union".

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"To secure a sensible deal which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will require pragmatic discussions on all sides".

This equates to a lead of 51% to 49% for unification if "don't knows" and those who say they would not vote are excluded.

"The political and symbolic importance of such a link can't be underestimated".

Architect Professor Alan Dunlop previously put forward two options for the bridge that would potentially connect either Larne with Portpatrick or Mull of Kintyre and Torr Head.

Just over half of people in Northern Ireland would vote for Irish unification, according to a new survey.

Other Brexiteers were behind the idea and estimates suggested any such bridge would cost somewhere in the region of £15 billion (€16.8 billion).