Yesterday, Brexit talks
dramatically collapsed with the DUP refusing to accept proposals about the Irish border. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the UK had prepared a plan for the border which met Irish concerns and this was later rejected by the DUP. He said he was "surprised and disappointed" a deal had not been reached before adding that the Republic of Ireland cannot go into a second phase of Brexit negotiations without firm guarantees there will be no hard border between north and south.
Away from the bickering and drama in Brussels, how do people in Northern Ireland
and along the border in particular feel about Brexit? Altogether, a 55.8 percent majority in Northern Ireland backed remain. As can be seen from the map below, support levels for remaining in the EU were strongest all along the border with the Republic of Ireland. The highest share for remain was recorded in the Foyle electorate bordering Donegal with 78.3 percent. A sizeable 67.2 percent backed remain in South Down, along with 66.8 percent in West Tyrone.