Saturday 3 December 2016

'Every Irish person, vote!' - Bob Geldof encourages UK-based Irish to vote in Brexit

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 02/06/2016 | 16:29

Bob Geldof performs with the Boomtown Rats on main stage at Electric Picnic. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Bob Geldof performs with the Boomtown Rats on main stage at Electric Picnic. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Bob Geldof has added his voice to the ‘Remain’ campaign in the upcoming EU referendum.

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The Boomtown Rats frontman joins the #PhoneAFriend campaign, run by the non-party political group Irish4Europe.

The group has created a video encouraging people to lobby their UK-based friends, family and colleagues to register to vote, whether by calling, emailing or tagging them on social media with the hashtag.

The clip shows a group of people listing off the people they know in Britain, and asks: “We all know people who can vote in the upcoming referendum, but do they know they can vote?”

Although many don’t realise it, some half a million Irish-born people living in the UK are eligible to vote in the referendum.

Next Tuesday, June 7, marks the deadline for registration to vote, and people are instructed to apply using their UK National Insurance number or, if they are students, their Irish passport.

“Our campaign is asking Irish people in the UK to consider the barriers a Brexit would bring between Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland,” said David D’Arcy of Irish4Europe.

“Our nations have worked hard through painful decades to reach an all-time high in our relations. Now is not the time for barriers.”

The referendum will take place on June 23.

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