Irexit Freedom is campaigning on the platform of quitting Europe and maintaining close ties with the UK...
IREXIT NEXT? Irish Eurosceptics launch new political party bidding to take country out of the EU
Irexit Freedom is set to launch this weekend on a platform of the Republic of Ireland leaving the EU
By Hugo Gye
3rd September 2018
A NEW political party has been launched in Ireland which aims to take the country out of the EU in the wake of Brexit.
Irexit Freedom is campaigning on the platform of quitting Europe and maintaining close ties with the UK.
Ireland's PM Leo Varadkar is strongly pro-European
The party will launch this weekend in a bid to build momentum behind the Irexit movement.
It is led by a university professor, an ex-ambassador and the spokesman for Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament.
They say the UK and Ireland should form their own free-trade and customs zone separate to the EU arrangements.
Hermann Kelly is one of the leading figures in Irexit Freedom
And they also argue that Ireland will lose its traditional neutral stance in military matters as a result of being involved in the European army.
Hermann Kelly, who works for Mr Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in Brussels, says casting off EU supervision will be similar to when Ireland gained independence from Britain.
And he told the Irish Sun the EU had taken out €200billion worth of fish from Irish waters.
Nearly all mainstream politicians in Ireland are passionately pro-EU and PM Leo Varadkar has encouraged Brussels to take a hard line in Brexit talks.
But some voters want the country to prioritise its relationship with Britain over ties to to the continent.