Two-thirds of Northern Ireland voters believe they should vote to secede from the UK, but only 37% want to do so within the next five years, according to a new poll by The Observer.
About 31% of voters in the LucidTalk poll said they would vote at some point in place of Northern Ireland in the UK but after 2026.
A further 29% said such a vote should never happen, as Northern Ireland currently have a seven-point lead over staying in the UK.
When asked how to vote, 49% said they would return to stay in the UK, 42% support being part of a united Ireland, and 9% said they did not know.
Other studies have recently shown that support for a united Ireland is very low, and a Life & Times survey in Northern Ireland released in June recommended 30% support for a united Ireland.
There are persistent concerns within the UK government that the fall of Brexit could lead to increased support for the United Ireland, and problems with the Northern Ireland protocol remain – a feature of the UK Agreement that effectively sets barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as the UK Government seeks to renegotiate this agreement.
While many experts believe the political temperature in Northern Ireland is now cold, the question of a border referendum has been raised by key figures in recent months.
Earlier this summer, the British government denounced Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for suggesting the possibility of a united Ireland in his lifetime.
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