Friday 21 October 2016

Liam Neeson becomes latest figure to endorse 'Remain' vote

Published 22/06/2016 | 10:18

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

Irish actor Liam Neeson has become the latest global figure to warn of the dangers of Britain leaving the European Union.

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With just hours until polling officially opens, the 'Leave' and 'Remain' sides are said to be neck and neck.

In a statement released to AFP, the Hollywood star said a 'Brexit' would have the "worst ramifications for the island of Ireland" and would reverse the progress made since the Troubles.

"Border controls would be implemented to allegedly stop illegal immigrants coming into the UK through the back door. Trade will be enormously impacted," the Ballymena born actor said.

"It would be truly a shame to sacrifice all the progress that has been made by the peace process regarding border controls."

Meanwhile, the ‘Irish 4 Europe’ organisation said that with the polls showing an extremely tight race, Irish voters living in the UK could tip the result in the favour of ‘Remain’.

David D'Arcy of ‘Irish 4 Europe’ said interventions from the likes of Mr Neeson could prove critical.

"Liam has come in at the last minute to rally the Irish vote and voice his concerns about the clear impact a Brexit would have on Northern Ireland," Mr D'Arcy said on Wednesday.

"Irish represent up 10pc of the electorate. With such a tight race, we're hoping the Irish can tilt the balance to Remain," he added.

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