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Nigel Farage: United Ireland will happen 'one day'

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Brexiteer Nigel Farage has said that a united Ireland will happen "one day".

But the Brexit Party founder, who is also a GB News presenter, said he doesn't believe reunification will take place any time soon.

Mr Farage said that no matter what happened in the future, Britain’s “historical affinity” with Ireland should be retained.

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"One day there will be a united Ireland. But it’s not on the horizon immediately. Just for practical reasons,” he said

"We in Britain have this historical affinity with Ireland that can’t be lost.

"We’ve got all these relationships, see? I have huge love and respect for the Republic.

"I just think you’re in the wrong place on the European Union,” he told the Irish Times.

Mr Farage also revealed how he and Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald "always got on well when she was in Europe".

He added that Gerry Adams was “not exactly top of the pops with us because some of my family were in the British army”.

Turing to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, he said they "had some fun once or twice, and he even asked me for a selfie”.

The former MEP also referred to the 1916 Easter Rising claiming that the British had “f****d it up”.

He also spoke about how he spent EU money on an anti-Lisbon Treaty leaflet prior to the second vote.


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