Sinn Fein Mps in Westminster Briefing About Border Poll

Sinn Féin MPs Conor Murphy (Newry/Armagh) and Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) will be in London tomorrow 29th and Wednesday 30th January to brief cross-party MP’s and Peers on Sinn Féin’s call for a Border Poll.

Speaking before leaving for London the Sinn Féin MP’s said:

“The purpose of our visit this week is a follow on from the launch of the Sinn Féin Border Campaign by Party President, Gerry Adams in Dublin last week. In our discussions with MP’s from across the political parties we will be lobbying support for the holding of a Poll to determine the constitutional preference of the people of the North of Ireland.

Michelle Gildernew explained:

“While the Good Friday Agreement states that the British Secretary of State will decide when to call such a Poll, Sinn Féin believes that recent election and Census results demonstrate enough change in demographics to warrant a Border Poll being conducted in the lifetime of the next Assembly & Oireachtas terms.

Conor Murphy added:

“There are also on-going efforts by Sinn Féin to convince unionist political leaders to sit down with all the other parties to discuss issues of identity, culture and symbols. This takes on a new sense of urgency in the aftermath of the recent protests following the democratic decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union flag only on designated days. We will also be updating the Westminster MP’s on these developments.

“Although the number of protests still taking place has been reduced, illegal blocking of roads and violence, as in Newtownabbey on Friday night is still taking place

3 comments on “Sinn Fein Mps in Westminster Briefing About Border Poll

  1. Just so people are aware of what the Good Friday Agreement says about the ‘Border Poll’ here are the relevant sections of the agreement
    “1. (1) It is hereby declared that Northern Ireland in its entirety remains
    part of the United Kingdom and shall not cease to be so without the
    consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland voting in a poll
    held for the purposes of this section in accordance with Schedule 1.
    (2) But if the wish expressed by a majority in such a poll is that Northern
    Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a
    united Ireland, the Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament such
    proposals to give effect to that wish as may be agreed between Her
    Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and the Government of
    Ireland.
    2. The Government of Ireland Act 1920 is repealed; and this Act shall
    have effect notwithstanding any other previous enactment.
    SCHEDULE 1
    POLLS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECTION 1
    1. The Secretary of State may by order direct the holding of a poll for the
    purposes of section 1 on a date specified in the order.
    2. Subject to paragraph 3, the Secretary of State shall exercise the power
    under paragraph 1 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.”

    with only a quarter of people in a recent poll identifying themselves as ‘British’ it may well be the case that despite the recent ‘flag protests’ that [if Sinn Fein's campaign for a Border Poll forces the Secretary of State to act under the provisions of the GFA] then a majority may vote for a United Ireland…

  2. mark anthony france: with only a quarter of people in a recent poll identifying themselves as ‘British’ it may well be the case that despite the recent ‘flag protests’ that [if Sinn Fein's campaign for a Border Poll forces the Secretary of State to act under the provisions of the GFA] then a majority may vote for a United Ireland…

    Only a minority in the Census identified as “Irish only”. The combined “British Only” and “Northern Irish Only” numbers do not suggest that a majority exists for an UI within Northern Ireland.