Brexit LIVE: Meddling EU risks dismantling UK – Irish chief exposes plot to rejoin bloc

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    Ms O’Neill, whose party is unequivocally committed to Irish unity, said planning needed to begin immediately – and claimed the UK Government’s “reckless” approach to Brexit meant more people were likely to vote for it. She said: “Now is the time to plan for unity and to start to put the facts on the table. “Let people understand what does an all-Ireland health service look like, what does an all-Ireland education system look like.”

    Large numbers of people in a border poll would vote for a united Ireland, Ms O’Neill said.

    She added: “So for a lot of people in this decade we have in front of us, they’re going to be considering which union they wish to be part of and the EU have offered us a route back in.

    “So for some people it may not be about Britishness versus Irishness, it may be about do they value their European citizenship.

    “I think that’s going to be a very interesting debate.”

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline the first stage of plans to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland’s foundation during a visit to the country on Thursday.

    Speaking in advance of his trip, he said: “Together, we will make sure Northern Ireland is ready to take full advantage of the many opportunities that lie ahead and that no part of Northern Ireland is left behind.”

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    7.43am update: EU have offered us a way back in, Sinn Fein leader O’Neill claims

    A United Ireland would offer the North a “way back in” to the European Union, Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill has said, the day Boris Johnson paid a visit to Belfast.

    Ms O’Neill, whose party in unequivocally committed to Irish unity, said planning needed to begin immediately – and claimed the UK Government’s “reckless” approach to Brexit meant more people were likely to vote for it.

    She said: “Now is the time to plan for unity and to start to put the facts on the table.

    “Let people understand what does an all-Ireland health service look like, what does an all-Ireland education system look like.”

    Large numbers of people in a border poll would vote for a united Ireland, Ms O’Neill said.

    She added: “So for a lot of people in this decade we have in front of us, they’re going to be considering which union they wish to be part of and the EU have offered us a route back in.”



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