Ex-taoiseach, a key player in Good Friday agreement, says a border poll could lead to trouble in Northern Ireland

Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said a referendum on Irish reunification would be dangerous and could lead to fresh trouble in Northern Ireland. The ex-taoiseach, a key partner for the British government during the Good Friday negotiations, was reacting to the EU’s decision in Brussels on Saturday to allow for a united Ireland that absorbed the north to join the EU if the province voted to leave the UK.

On a possible border poll – a key Sinn Féin demand – within Northern Ireland, Ahern said: “If you want trouble again in the north play that game. It’s a dangerous game.”

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