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Poll shows Irish support unification but don't want to pay for it
DUBLIN - Citizens of the Republic of Ireland will happily take Northern Ireland off Britain's hands - but only if they don't have to pay the bill, a new poll reveals.  

After a century of partition, two-thirds of people in the Republic support unification of their island, according to the poll published Saturday in the Irish Independent.

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However, Saturday's results show 44 percent of people in Northern Ireland want to stay in the U.K., compared to 35 percent who want to leave.  

In the south, support for unification is conditioned by who pays. Fifty-four percent of Irish Republic voters would reject unity if it hikes their tax bills, according to the survey, which was conducted by the polling firm Kantar.

Only one in eight would vote for unity if the handover required the Republic to take on Britain's full costs of subsidizing Northern Ireland.  

by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 03:01:48 PM EST

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