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    It will be impossible for Northern Ireland to attain special relations with the European Union after Brexit, the UK secretary of state for Northern Ireland said on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 23, the United Kingdom held the referendum, in which the majority of Northern Irish voters cast ballots in favor of membership in the European Union. Despite this fact the vote across the United Kingdom decided to leave the bloc with a narrow majority of 51.9 percent.

    "The EU rules are very clear – membership is at member state level, it’s a national question. This decision has been made – the people of the UK have voted to leave the EU. That decision is going to be respected. That’s what the government will take forward," Theresa Villiers said, speaking at Stormont House, Belfast.

    After the referendum the Northern Irish republican party Sinn Fein said it would push for a referendum on the province's secession from the United Kingdom and subsequent reunification with the rest of Ireland, which is a member of the European Union.


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