FARAGE: IRELAND COULD DO ITS OWN BREXIT... MEP Says Opinion Here Will Change If UK Thrives

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FARAGE: IRELAND COULD DO ITS OWN BREXIT... MEP Says Opinion Here Will Change If UK Thrives


Byline: JAMES WARD Political Editor

FORMER UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Ireland could follow Britain out of the EU if Brexit proves to be a success.

The MEP believes if the UK is faring well in three years, public opinion here would swing towards withdrawal.

Mr Farage also said there was a perception of Ireland as being very pro-EU but said he doesn't believe that is the case.

Speaking on Today with Sean O'Rourke, he said: "If the British Government gets on with Brexit and two or three years down the road we are clearly better off... I think if we can do that, then the pressure on Ireland and public opinion in Ireland will very much move in our direction."

Mr Farage claimed the UK will be "better off democratically because we're running our own affairs, better off economically because we've reached out to the world, better off in terms of our industries because we've got our fishing waters back and so on".

However, he admitted he was frustrated with the apparent lack of progress being made on plans for Brexit by the UK Government.

Mr Farage also hit out at the perception of Ireland as a strongly pro-EU nation.

He said: "It's one of the great stories that gets put about, that Ireland is this very pro-EU country. And yet, twice in the last 16 years they have in referendums rejected EU treaties. …

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