It’ll be business as usual between Ireland and Britain after Brexit,’ says UKIP’s Farage
UKIP leader Nigel Farage – who favours taking Britain out of the EU – said there would be “zero threat” to trade between the UK and Ireland if Brexit happened.
He told RTE Radio One there would be a concerted push from European politicians, the heads of multinational corporations and “unelected commissioners” ahead of the eventual UK referendum.
“Indeed, just as Ireland had in the run-up to the Nice referendum, when of course we should remind ourselves that the Irish people said no, only to be told that really isn’t good enough Ireland – you’re a little country you must rethink this and vote again and you were bullied into submission the second time around,” he said.
Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute think-tank said last week that Brexit could cost the Irish economy 20 per cent of its UK trade or 3 billion a year.
The Europe think-tank suggested the cost to the Irish economy would be between 1.1 per cent and 3.1 per cent of GDP by 2030.
Referring to the prospect of a return to border controls between the UK and Ireland Mr. Farage said the two states had their own arrangements which predate the EEC and go back “nearly 7 decades” and there was “absolutely no desire” in the UK for that to change.
“I think what’s really interesting is that there is hardly a eurosceptic voice in Ireland, in politics, or in the media and yet twice in the last 15 years the Irish people have voted no to European treaties.
“We will go on buying goods and services from each other regardless of whether we are members of a political union or not.
“Yes there are huge issues about the free movement of people from southern and eastern Europe, of course there are, and in many ways this might dominate the British debate in a referendum, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the relation- ship with Ireland that has been around for 70 years.”
Switzerland is not a member of the EU yet has more free-trade deals than EU member states and there is nothing in international law to stop the UK striking its own agreements,” he said.
“What we are going to see in the United Kingdom, if it votes to leave, is it take back control of its fisheries, and its Supreme Court once again becomes supreme,” he said.