Posted on May 14, 2019
A new poll for the European Parliament elections in Northern Ireland suggests that Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will retain their seats, with several parties competing for the third seat.
The poll puts Sinn Féin on 24.6% of first preference votes, with the DUP on 18.2%, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) on 11.8% and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Alliance Party on 10.6% and 10.2% respectively. 6.7% said they were undecided about their first preference vote.
Eleven candidates are standing for three seats in Northern Ireland, where the Single Transferable Vote system is used.
The poll also put Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, on 8.5% of first preference votes, but slightly ahead of the UUP in terms of transfers from the DUP.
This comes as the DUP launched its election campaign in Belfast yesterday, while Sinn Féin held campaign launches in Dublin and Belfast.
Six of the Northern Ireland candidates also took place in a televised debate for UTV last night.
Speaking in Belfast, DUP leader Arlene Foster said that Brexit had not been delivered “in the way it should have been delivered upon,” adding, “We have a Prime Minister, frankly, who doesn’t have the vision for the United Kingdom post-Brexit that we all want to see.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the European elections represented an opportunity “to send a message to London and Brussels, that we reject Brexit, we reject borders and we stand for rights.”
Elsewhere, Sinn Féin President Mary-Lou McDonald said in Dublin that her party’s MEPs would engage with the EU in a way that was “eurocritical,” adding, “The team have demonstrated that it is possible to engage fully and get results without becoming a lackey to a Europhile establishment view of the world.”
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