Sinn Fein: Northern Ireland should vote in independence “as soon as possible”

Leaders of Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s second largest party, wish to hold a referendum on the region’s independence from the United Kingdom “as soon as possible.”

Should it appear that the majority of Northern Irelanders support an independence vote, the British government is legally allowed, and is supposed to, call for a referendum.

Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neil, whose party experienced a surge in votes in the last election, says that following the Brexit vote, Northern Irelanders must have a say in their future.

They do not, however, hold the majority in the legislative assembly and so would have to collaborate with other parties to pass a bill asking for a referendum.

In the June referendum, a majority of Northern Irelanders voted to remain in the European Union, partially due to their trade ties with the Republic of Ireland.

The move comes shortly after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would be asking for a second Scottish Independence referendum.

(Image: Belfast Telegraph)

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