Nigel Farage compares Brexit to Ireland’s fight for independence from Britain during Late Late Show
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Nigel Farage compares Brexit to Ireland’s fight for independence from Britain during Late Late Show

NIGEL FARAGE sparked controversy last night after comparing Brexit to Ireland’s fight for independence from Britain during his appearance on The Late Late Show.

The UKIP founder was appearing alongside former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell, Baroness Dee Doocey and economist Liam Halligan to discuss the impact of Brexit on Ireland.

Farage began by comparing Campbell’s suggestion that there should be a final vote on any Brexit deal to Ireland’s two referenda on the Lisbon Treaty.

'We wanted to be free'

“We saw this in Ireland, we saw the Irish people vote No to the Lisbon Treaty and be forced to vote again,” he said during the special broadcast live from London.

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“All over Europe we’ve seen this. The European Union is the most anti-democratic structure that has ever been designed by man.

“They want to build a super-state with an army, they‘ve got their currency.

“What we did is we looked at it and said it’s not benefitting us in any way at all and we voted for one simple thing – independence.

“We wanted to be free to run our own country, run our own affairs, just as Ireland did 100 years ago.”

'Peculiar interpretation'

Following shocked gasps at what host Ryan Tubridy described as a ‘peculiar interpretation’, Farage added: “This is fascinating!

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“Why would you fight against British control for 500 years and now be happy to be governed by a bunch of unelected old men in Brussels?”

Britain’s 800 years of involvement in Ireland culminated in the War of Independence and a civil war that combined, resulted in thousands of deaths.

As you can imagine, Farage comparing it to a democratic Brexit vote following Britain’s 43-year voluntary membership of the EU/EEC didn’t go down to well.

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Campbell too wasn’t holding back against the MEP for South East England.

Farage said predictions of reduced trade and job losses had not come to pass but blamed ‘hopeless’ Theresa May for not securing a deal.

However responding to Farage, a leading campaigner for Brexit, Campbell said: “Own your shit, Nigel. You delivered it and you don’t know how to make it happen.”

O'Carroll dig

Earlier in the show Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll also had a pop at Farage, the mention of whose name variously drew boos and cheers from the audience.

O’Carroll, one of 11 children, said several of his siblings had settled in Britain, something that wouldn’t have been possible if Farage had been in charge.

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“I’ll tell you something, if it wasn’t for the envelopes that they sent home I’d have had no Christmas, I’d have had no Holy Communion clothes, they helped dress me,” he said.

“And I know you’ve Nigel Farage coming on later on but if he was there then, they wouldn’t be getting in.”

You can watch the special edition of The Late Late Show live from London in full on RTÉ Playeruntil November 11, 2018.