Friday 30 September 2016

UKIP rounds on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Bob Geldof over their 'Brexit' roles

Niall O'Connor In Manchester

Published 24/06/2016 | 05:56

Enda Kenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Enda Kenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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.

“That’s part of ‘Project Fear’, I see absolutely no chance of that happening,” UKIP deputy leader and MEP Paul Nuttall told independent.ie at the referendum HQ in Manchester.

Mr Nuttall’s European parliament colleague Steven Woolfe, whose grandmother is from Kildare, also rejected the prospect of border controls.

“I don’t believe a border will be re-erected...A relationship would occur very quickly between our two countries to make sure trade can continue in the same way now,” he said.

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 sticking his two fingers up at 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 wouldn’t be critical of Bob Geldof, 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 sums up what this campaign was about, it was the people versus the establishment.”

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