Lord Trimble: Scottish independence vote 'divisive'

Lord Trimble Lord Trimble said a vote for Scottish independence would cause strains in Northern Ireland

Former NI First Minister Lord Trimble has said a Scottish vote for independence could cause division in Northern Ireland.

Lord Trimble, the former Ulster Unionist leader, was speaking on the Daily Politics Show.

He said he believed the current political situation was "stable".

However, he added: "The only thing I see on the horizon that could cause a serious problem with that stability is the referendum in Scotland."

Lord Trimble went on to say: "If the referendum in Scotland goes in the way I regard as the wrong result, that will change the political context in Northern Ireland and that would cause strains.

"It would put what is now a non-issue [a possible referendum on a united Ireland] into a major issue and it would be divisive, obviously."

On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no".

More on This Story

More Northern Ireland stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out


  • A model with a projection mapped onto her faceClick Watch

    Face hacking - how to use a computer to turn your face into a work of digital art

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.