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This poll is significant because it shows quite a large swing to Irish re-unification/remaining in the EU compared to most other polls in the past. This may reflect current anxiety over Brexit, or a more lasting swing, or both.

However it is important to note it represents sentiment towards an abstract concept of a "united Ireland". No one has spelled out in detail what this would look like, or how the transition would be managed. Any such change would require a referendum both in N.I. and I.E. and we don't do abstract generalised referenda. The precise nature of the financial settlement, governance structures, and civil rights would have to spelled out - right down to the flags, emblems and anthems to be used. Nobody wants another Brexit style referendum where nobody knows what they are voting for - or against.

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