Theresa May says no Northern Ireland referendum on leaving the UK 'at this stage'

‘The Prime Minister has rejected Sinn Fein’s call for a referendum on joining Northern Ireland with the Republic “as soon as possible”.

Michelle O’Neill, the republican party’s leader, said on Monday that Brexit would be a “disaster” for the province and that a referendum on a united Ireland could be one way of bypassing its effects.

Responding to the call on Tuesday Theresa May told the House of Commons: “The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has looked at this issue. It is not right to have a border poll at this stage.’

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