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Irish election: Why a ‘United Ireland’ would automatically rejoin EU unlike Scotland

“Brexit, therefore, is likely to have consequences for the Agreement, in terms of North/South collaboration, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and indeed for the whole philosophy of power-sharing which lies at the basis of the Agreement.

“Northern Ireland, which voted to remain in the EU, is indeed in a unique position in the EU.

“If it did decide to join with Ireland, the European Council has agreed that the entire territory of the united island of Ireland would be part of the EU.

“Northern Ireland, therefore, is the only part of the UK that could secede and rejoin the EU without need to re-negotiate entry.”

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