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Poll: If the UK quits the European Union, should Ireland follow?

Britain is revisiting its relationship with Brussels – and a poll says a third of us believe if they go, so should we.

If the English Channel becomes too wide for Britain to bear, should Ireland follow it out of the EU?
If the English Channel becomes too wide for Britain to bear, should Ireland follow it out of the EU?
Image: ALASTAIR GRANT/AP

A NEW POLL published this morning reveals that a third of Irish voters believe Ireland should end its membership of the European Union if the United Kingdom decides to quit the union.

A Red C poll commissioned by European Movement Ireland and carried out earlier this month also discovered that a quarter of Irish people would like Ireland to opt out of the euro.

Britain’s relationship with Brussels has been uneasy for the last few years – with David Cameron yesterday warning that without major democratic changes in the EU, “Europe will fall and the British people will drift toward the exit”.

Meanwhile, the terms of the Fiscal Compact – which the UK was one of only two countries to opt out of – also contain pledges to incorporate its terms into the EU’s founding treaties. This could put the country on another collision course with the EU.

So – today we’re putting the question to you, our readers. If the UK decides to leave the European Union, should we follow our biggest trading partner and bid adieu to Brussels?


Poll Results:

No (2475)
I don't know (1592)
Yes (1240)



Read: One third think Ireland should leave the EU if the UK does

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