Sunday 8 December 2019

Nigel Farage: Ireland may follow Britain and exit the European Union

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has said he believes Ireland may follow Britain and exit the European Union.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Farage said there is a perception that Irish voters are major supporters of the EU but that he does not believe this is the case.

He said if Britain is in a better place in two or three years - after Prime Minister Theresa May unlocks Article 50 - then momentum may grow in Ireland to take a similar step.

“If two or three years down the road and we are clearly better off...I think if we can do that then the pressure on Ireland, the public opinion in Ireland is going to move in our direction,” Mr Farage told RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke.

There has been speculation that the former UKIP leader, who is a serving MEP, could become involved in a so-called ‘Ire-exit’ in the future.

Mr Farage said Irish voters twice voted 'no' in referenda on EU treaties.

He also said he agreed with frustrations expressed by Irish politicians over the delay by London to spell out its Brexit strategy.

“I do agree with the Irish government. We do need the Brits to be clear about what they want,” Mr Farage said.

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