Mapping the world's opinions

The status of Northern Ireland has been the subject of intense debate and decades of violence, known as the Troubles. Though Northern Ireland is now at peace, the question of whether it should remain in the United Kingdom or join the Republic of Ireland remains a source of contention. Should there be a united Ireland?

Yes, Ireland should be united

All 32 counties of Ireland should be united into a single nation with no land border

The majority of people in Ireland as a whole support it

The British government and people don't care about Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland should not be part of a c country that resents its existence as Britain does Explore

Brexit has made a united Ireland necessary

Brexit threatens to create a significant problem for Northern Ireland. To overcome the Brexit issue, it would be better for everyone if Ireland was united. Explore

It would streamline Ireland's economy

Two states existing on a small island like Ireland is incredibly wasteful as it leads to duplication of many services. A united Ireland, therefore, would be the best economic solution. Explore

British rule in Ireland was never legitimate

Britain has no claim to any territory in Ireland as it claimed Northern Ireland by force and upheld its existence through undemocratic means Explore

Ireland is one nation and should be one sovereign state

The people of Ireland are one nation and so Ireland should be united Explore

A united Ireland would allow Northern Irish people to have a greater voice

In a smaller, and more representative, democracy, the views of Northern Ireland's 1.9m people can be heard, whereas they are currently drowned out by the size of the UK. Explore

No, Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom

Northern Ireland's status, as one of four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, should remain the same

The Northern Irish people want to be part of the UK

Northern Ireland has a right to self-determination and the majority of people there wish to remain British Explore

It would disrupt the hard-won peace

A united Ireland is the most likely way the Troubles may restart and avoiding this should be a key priority for all Explore

It would be giving in to the IRA

A united Ireland would be viewed as a victory for IRA terrorists Explore

Northern Ireland would be too expensive for the south to administer

Northern Ireland is a very costly region to govern and a small country like the Republic of Ireland could not do so Explore

Brexit showed the dangers of major change by referendum

The Brexit referendum created chaos due to unclear consequences, misinformation and a close result. A united Ireland referendum would be a worse version of this Explore

Northern Ireland should become its own independent country

Northern Ireland should abandon both British unionism and Irish nationalism in favour of becoming a sovereign state of its own.

Neither the British or Irish governments would have Northern Irish interests at heart

The governments in both London and Dublin view Northern Ireland as a burden. The best option would be to be independent instead Explore

Northern Ireland has its own distinct culture

Ireland should be united as part of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom should include a united Ireland, as it did from 1801-1920

All of Ireland would be stronger as part of the UK

Ireland and the UK share a language and do a great deal of business together, ti would make sense to combine the two and allow Ireland to benefit from the larger economy that is the UK Explore
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