Tuesday 6 December 2016

Taoiseach rejects UKIP criticism

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said his party does not believe the return of a border is on the cards. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said his party does not believe the return of a border is on the cards. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

UKIP has rounded on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish musician Bob Geldof for their roles in the Brexit campaign.

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As the dust settles on a dramatic referendum result, the far-right party hit out at Mr Kenny over his claim a 'hard border' will be formed with the North as a result of Britain leaving the EU.

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall said his party does not believe the return of a border is on the cards.

"That's part of 'Project Fear' - I see absolutely no chance of that happening," the MEP told the Irish Independent.

Fellow UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe, whose grandmother is from Kildare, also rejected the prospect of border controls.

"A relationship would occur very quickly between our two countries to make sure trade can continue in the same way now," Mr Woolfe stated.

But a spokesman for the Taoiseach last night rejected the criticism outright, saying: "The Taoiseach has raised uncertainty about the border previously and that uncertainty still stands."

Meanwhile, UKIP also reignited tensions with Mr Geldof in relation to his rowdy encounter with Nigel Farage during the campaign.

Mr Geldof, a Remain campaigner, was pictured giving the two fingers to UKIP leader Nigel Farage while leading a flotilla on the Thames.

He also became engaged in heated exchanges with the controversial politician, who himself was on a boat carrying fisherman.

Mr Nuttall joked that Mr Geldof helped the 'Leave' side win the campaign.

"I would congratulate him for helping us massively," he said. "Him on the Thames on a million-pound boat giving two fingers to poor fishermen

"I think it sums up what this campaign was about - it was the people versus the establishment."

Irish Independent

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