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Boris Johnson says he doesn’t believe a referendum on Irish unity will happen for ‘a very, very long time’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he does not see a referendum on a united Ireland happening for “a very, very long time to come”.

Johnson was speaking to BBC NI’s Spotlight programme in a special edition to be broadcast tonight commemorating the centenary of Northern Ireland.

Johnson was questioned on the potential of a future poll on Northern Ireland’s constitutional status but said that he does not envisage such a vote taking place in the near future.

The holding of a ‘border poll’ to ask citizens north and south whether unification should take place is provided for within the Good Friday Agreement.

Johnson said he feels that the UK should be considering what it can do together rather than splitting apart.

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