Little comfort for republicans in latest opinion poll: Wilson

21 May 2018

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said the results of an opinion poll published today provide little comfort for republicans whilst supporting the DUP’s opposition to barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and both the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain.

Sammy Wilson MP

DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.

Sammy Wilson

He said, “There is no comfort for SF in the opinion poll published today.  Any republican trying to spin this as a success story is grasping at straws.

Just 10% of people say Sinn Fein is doing a good job of representing them. Only 21% would vote for a United Ireland. Only 24% would support Sinn Féin’s special status scheme of moving the border to the Irish Sea as we Exit the EU. In contrast, there is clear support for the DUP’s position that we should not cut ourselves off from our nearest neighbours in the Irish Republic, or have a border down the Irish Sea.

Then less than 20% agree with Sinn Fein that there can’t be a technology solution to the border post-Brexit.

Not even Gerry Adams could spin this poll as a good result for Sinn Fein.

All these results are despite some leading questions and pejorative language in the questions. On the questions about the Single Market and the Customs Union, the interviewee effectively has a gun held to their head.  They can support continued single market and customs union membership or they can opt for and effective Armageddon. The poll paints the alternative to the single market and customs union as army check points, 30 minute queues at the border and passport checks.

Faced with such a black and white choice and one blood-curding scenario it is little wonder people would opt for the outcome which seems best.

There is a way to implement the result of the referendum and avoid the type of border that remainers like to paint.  To get there requires the EU and Republic of Ireland to work pragmatically. They need to be prepared to use technology and administrative solutions which will and can facilitate trade as well as those who will want to go about their normal life as they live along the border.”

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