Queen's Policy Engagement

Border Poll or Bust?

Alan Whysall, former Northern Ireland office civil servant, now research fellow at the Constitution Unit at University College London discusses the operation of border polls.

Border Poll or Bust?

Filmed at the recent Imagine Belfast Festival 2021, Alan talks about some of the main findings of the interim report of the UCL Working Group on the issue, the first in-depth investigation of how a Border poll might be held, and the processes before and after that might lead to a United Ireland.

To read the edited text of Alan’s talk, please click here. 


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Alan Whysall is a former senior civil servant who has worked on Northern Ireland for most of the last 35 years. In his retirement he has become an Honorary Senior Research Associate at The UCL Constitution Unit and is a founding member of Pivotal, Public Policy Forum.

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