At the close of QUB Freshers’ Fair, QUB Sinn Fein declare 750 students signed their petition calling for “a referendum at QUB Students’ Union on the prospect of Irish Unity.”  This exceeds the 2.5% (584 student signatures) required to bypass the Student Council and hold a referendum involving the entire student body at Queen’s.

The society will now lodge the petition to the Student Union’s Returning Officer who will conduct a random sample signatory check. This is to ensure the petition process has not been fraudulent. If the process is found to be corrupt due to illegitimate signatures, the lodged petition will be rejected and no further action will be taken. However if the petition is found to be valid, a referendum will be held enabling all members of the Union to vote on the following question: “Should Ireland be a United and Independent Country? Yes / No.”

According to a QUB SF member who spoke to The Scoop this afternoon, following the lodgement of the petition and the verification of the process, there will be approximately 8-12 days of campaigning before the referendum is held.

A 10% turnout (approx. 2400 students) is required for the Union to take a stance on the outcome of a referendum. If the turnout is lower than 10%, the Union will consider the result merely as a ‘recommendation’.

 

Tori Watson

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