Referendums in Northern Ireland – major and minor

2016 UK votes to leave EU

51.9% voted to leave the EU on a turnout of 72.2% (higher than the 645 in 1975). The remain vote was 48.1%.  Though conducted on a UK Franchise, results varied in parts of the UK particularly Scotland, Northern Ireland and London. Wales voted to leave while its Assembly supported Remain raising for some a problem […]

2011 Britain says No to electing MPs by AV

Yes 32.1%  No 67.9%  Turnout 42.2%, Held 5th May 2011 the same day as general elections in Scotland and Wales and local elections in some areas of England. AV, a weak form of proportional voting, was proposed as a reform of Westminster’s First-Past the-Post system which, now that there are many more political parties sharing […]

1998 N. Ireland votes Yes to Good Friday Agreement – in huge turnout

71% Yes on 81% turnout. Held 23rd May 1998. Apart from the huge turnout where 140,000 people who didn’t normally vote came to the polls, the referendum was organized and decided in 9.5 weeks almost too short for anywhere but NI. The YES campaign was founded 19th March 1998, the Good Friday Agreement signed on […]

1975 Britain votes to stay in EU (EEC)

Yes 67.2%  Turnout 64.5%. Held 5th June 1975. It was thought that Scotland would vote to leave being the least pro-EU part of Britain but an effective cross-party campaign by Scottish Tories and Scottish Labour politicians brought something of a surprise result to stay in the EU. Tags: TS major-referendums

1973 Northern Ireland border poll destroyed by boycott

99% say YES to stay in NI on turnout 59%. Held 8th March 1973. An effective abstention campaign by nationalist and catholic voters destroyed the validity of this referendum. It remains the best example in the UK of how a referendum can exacerbate division. David Trimble revived the idea with for another Border poll in […]

1922 Northern Ireland votes to revert to UK – after 48 hours in Ireland

Ireland became an independent country on 6 December 1921. A referendum was held on 12 December 1922 in six of the nine counties and 2 county boroughs (after 48 hours in Ireland and had to be held within a month) exercising the opt-out to rejoin UK.  Strictly a referendum in Ireland but material to the […]

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