Britain Analysis: Why Northern Ireland Is Vital in the EU Referendum


PHOTO: Northern Ireland’s Remain campaigners with UK Chancellor George Osborne

Dawn Walsh and Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham write:

Northern Ireland is often thought of as a place apart in British politics. That may be why it has received attention in the coverage of the United Kingdom’s vote on European membership on June 23.

That inattention is probably a mistake. While Northern Ireland only had 1.2 million registered voters in 2014, about 3% of the UK’s more than 40 million, those ballots could make the difference in a close referendum.

This article has now been modified for publication in The Conversation — See updated version

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