Sunday 20 October 2019

Revealed: What Irish people would miss most if we couldn't access anything British after Brexit

Irish citizens can't seem to live without cheap bargains or football, a new survey has shown

Primark, which trades as Penneys in Ireland
(PA)
Primark, which trades as Penneys in Ireland (PA)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

PENNEYS, the Premier League and Kellogg's are some of the things Irish people would miss the most if everything from Britain was suddenly off-limits to Ireland after Brexit, according to a new survey.

Britain's Royal family, TV duo Ant & Dec and the UK's reality TV shows would also be missed by Irish citizens, the research from Lottoland found.

Empathy Research released the results of their survey for Lottoland of more than 1,000 Irish adults.

A spokesperson said: "Just over 1 in 6 (15 per cent) adults claim they would not miss anything about Britain if Brexit meant everything from Britain being suddenly off limits for Irish citizens.

"Penneys (23pc) is most likely to be missed, with almost 1 in 5 (18pc) claiming they would miss the Premier League/Championship football."

Some 37pc of females surveyed said they would miss Penneys, while 32pc of men said they would miss the Premier League.

A quarter of those over the age of 65 said they wouldn't miss out on anything British at all, while 11pc of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said they would miss singer Ed Sheeran.

As few as 3pc of participants said they would miss bread from Britain, and 5pc said they would miss Coca Cola.

With just 38 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, the researchers decided to ask people who they would like to see leading the Brexit negotiations.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary was the top choice for 23pc of people, followed by TV favourite Mrs Brown, while Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt came in joint third with 9pc of the votes each.

O'Leary was significantly most popular with people aged 65 and over.

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