Brexit deadlock over Irish border ‘could lead to break-up of the union’

The stalemate in the Brexit negotiations over the Irish border is likely to trigger a referendum which could lead to Northern Ireland’s departure from the UK, an Irish senator has warned.

Mark Daly, the author of a parliamentary report on the impact of Brexit, said the lack of progress was stirring public support for a referendum on a united Ireland that would in practice be a vote on whether to avoid a “hard border” by joining the EU.

And he claimed that fears about the impact of Brexit on border communities were so intense that even Northern Irish unionists – who strongly support staying in the UK – would opt for reunification.

“In my discussions with both sides over the last few months they all believe there will be a referendum on a united Ireland,” Mr Daly told the Telegraph.

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