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The balance of power among Northern Ireland’s MEPs has shifted—and it could have big consequences for Brexit

The move towards Remain candidates doesn't only show a shift from Northern Ireland's traditional constitutional voter split. It could also have big implications for the backstop

By Siobhán Fenton  

Alliance party leader and candidate Naomi Long's win shifts the balance of Northern Ireland's MEPs towards Remain. Photo: PA

In keeping with the scant attention Northern Ireland received in the lead up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, the recent EU parliament election results have largely slipped by unnoticed in British political discourse. Yet the results could have a significant bearing on the future of viability of Brexit.

Northern Ireland is a single constituency for the EU, electing 3 MEPs. Traditionally, two of the three seats have been won by…

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