Northern Ireland Bill - continued        House of Commons

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  S C H E D U L E S

     1. The Secretary of State may by order direct the holding of a poll for the purposes of section 1 on a date specified in the order.
     2. Subject to paragraph 3, the Secretary of State shall exercise the power under paragraph 1 if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland.
     3. The Secretary of State shall not make an order under paragraph 1 earlier than seven years after the holding of a previous poll under this Schedule.
     4. - (1) An order under this Schedule directing the holding of a poll shall specify-
    (a) the persons entitled to vote; and
    (b) the question or questions to be asked.
      (2) An order-
    (a) may include any other provision about the poll which the Secretary of State thinks expedient (including the creation of criminal offences); and
    (b) may apply (with or without modification) any provision of, or made under, any enactment.
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