Northern Irish almost evenly split on whether to remain in the UK: survey

45 percent of people in the province would back staying in the UK while 55 want out

Nearly as many Northern Irish people would back joining the republic of Ireland as support remaining in the United Kingdom, with Brexit pushing some to switch in favor of unification, according to a poll conducted for the BBC.

The future of the border on the island has dominated the Brexit debate in recent weeks with ministers on Thursday finding a compromise on the thorny issue of a backstop Brexit plan for the Irish border.

Politics in the province have long been divided between mainly Catholic proponents of Irish unification and majority Protestant supporters of continued rule by Britain who have been at loggerheads since power-sharing collapsed in January 2017.

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