The UK government has said that it rejects the results of a Northern Ireland referendum as "a mockery of proper democratic practice."
A total of 98.9% of voters in Northern Ireland supported remaining part of the United Kingdom in 1973 and 71% of voters supported the continued link in a further referendum in 1998.
The UK Government has now stated that it refuses to recognise the validity of these results and has asked that it be given severe financial and political sanctions from the EU.
"These illegal referenda were conducted in a tiny portion of a country where there is an artificially engineered majority of foreign citizens and which took place in the presence of many thousands of troops from a foreign country. It is a mockery of proper democratic practice", said the Foreign Secretary. "Any attempt by the UK to use these referenda as some sort of excuse to justify a continued military and political presence in Ireland would be totally unacceptable."
In a joint statement, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the referenda were "illegal and illegitimate and their outcomes will not be recognised. Northern Ireland has a load of oil and gas fields, doesn't it?".