Letter: Let Britain vote on Ulster union

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Sir: After the most recent Unionist electoral triumph, a thought occurred. The union is the most contentious issue in Northern Ireland and everyone in the province is presumed to have a strong opinion on it. Yet it is rarely suggested that the citizens of Britain, the other and far larger partner in the union, might have opinions as well. They will never be asked for them at a general election, and a referendum is ruled out. Supposing it turned out that the majority wished to rid themselves of the union; would Dr Paisley and Mr Trimble, so outspokenly committed to the democratic process, take note?


Hounslow, Middlesex