LONDON, March 14 Prime Minister Theresa May said
on Tuesday it was "not right" to have a referendum on Northern
Ireland splitting from the United Kingdom, a day after the
province's largest Irish nationalist party called such a vote as
"as soon as possible".
Sinn Fein has been regularly calling for a vote for Northern
Ireland to leave the UK and unite with the Republic of Ireland
since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June while
most voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain.
"It is not right to have a border poll at this stage," May
told parliament, adding that political parties there should be
focused on agreeing a power-sharing arrangement to save their
"We want to see that devolved administration being formed
and that is what all the parties should be looking for at the
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper)