David McNarry tells Taoiseach to 'butt out' of Brexit border row

Former Ukip leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry

DAVID McNarry has said Taosieach Leo Varadkar should "butt out" of the border debate in the 'Brexit battle'.

The former Ukip leader, a one-time senior member of the Ulster Unionist Party, also accused Mr Varadkar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald of "causing divisions" between nationalists and unionists in the north.

"I would sincerely appeal to both of them to butt out and let go of the border. No one wants a hard border...the way to end up with one is part of the problem 'Leo and Mary Lou' are creating in pushing a hardening of relations between us 'Northern Irelanders'," he said.

The former Strangford Assembly member claimed the Brexit row had exposed the "ugliness" of 'republicanism versus unionism'.

In 2016 he called for the British Army to be deployed along the border in the event of Brexit.

Earlier this year Mr McNarry said he would break the law to pull down an Irish language sign if one was erected on his street - in the event of an Irish Language Act being introduced to restore powersharing.

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