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06 Oct 2022

65% think a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would create further tension

New report reveals number of border crossings every year

There are growing fears over the possibility of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

With British Prime Minister Teresa May seeking a further extension on Article 50 and multiple votes failing to achieve a majority backing in the House of Commons, a hard no-deal-Brexit has become more and more likely.

What do adults in Ireland think about the seemingly never-ending debate and presence of Brexit in the daily news? In order to gain an insight into the attitudes and perceptions towards this topic, a nationally representative survey on 1,001 adults was recently conducted by iReach Insights.
 
The survey found that 45% of respondents  are worried about the further process and the outcome of it.

Brexit has also meant that there have been talks of the possibility of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. If this were the case, 65% think that it would create further tension between the North and South.
 
A small number (17%) of people find the Brexit debate interesting. Double the amount (22%) of males find it more interesting than females (11%). Unsurprisingly, 43% say that Brexit is getting on their nerves.
 
Possible consequences of Brexit for the Republic of Ireland include an increase in the price of food and drink (55%), increased foreign direct investment (40%) and economic decline (32%). Possible consequences for Northern Ireland include; economic decline (51%), increase in the price of food and drink (47%) and companies leaving Northern Ireland (43%).
 
Over half (56%) of respondents said they would be in favour of a united Ireland. This increases in the younger age groups – 64% of 18-34 years, 54% of 35-54 years and 45% of 55+ years.

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