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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage challenged over knowledge of Irish history

Forner UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been challenged over his knowledge of Irish history. Picture by: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

FORMER UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been challenged over his knowledge of Irish history.

RTÉ presenter Claire Byrne told the leading Brexiteer that he didn't have "a clue" during a discussion with the former politician about what Brexit has done to Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr Farage said Ireland should leave the EU and questioned why nationalists fought so long for independence from Britain.

During the discussion, a clip, which came to light last week and showed Mr Farage saying "Up the Ra", during a paid-for birthday greeting, was played.

The LBC presenter said he had been hoaxed into saying the republican slogan.

On RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live programme Ms Byrne then said: "Don’t try and lecture the Irish people about the history, culture and precarious nature of peace on this island. You haven’t got a clue".

Mr Farage responded: "How dare you even suggest that?"

He then added that he has "close family links with your country" and supports close relations between Ireland and the UK.

Separately Mr Farage also claimed that spiralling inflation, and not Brexit, had led to petrol and staff shortages across the UK.

He insisted: "This is nothing to do with Brexit whatsoever.

"It’s the 1970s being played out all over again."

Mr Farage said the idea that Brexit had stopped people coming into the UK for work was "nonsense", adding that inflation was the reason for price hikes, not Brexit.

"The fact is the western world is going into a period of inflation not seen in 40 years. Ultimately prices of everything go up," he said.

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