Northern Ireland

European elections: UKIP 'only party offering a clear choice'

Ukip leader Gerard Batten has a selfie taken with a supporter at Ukip"s EU election campaign and manifesto launch at the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough Image copyright PA
Image caption UKIP leader Gerard Batten has been on the campaign trail

UKIP is the only party offering voters in Northern Ireland "a clear choice" to support the UK leaving the EU immediately without a deal, the party has claimed.

Robert Hill is standing for UKIP in the European election, bidding for one of three Northern Ireland seats.

Voters are due to go to the polls on Thursday 23 May.

UKIP has advocated a no-deal Brexit, as opposed to backing the government's withdrawal agreement.

Mr Hill said voters in Northern Ireland who backed Brexit deserved to have their views respected.

He said since the EU referendum in 2016, Brexit supporters in Northern Ireland had felt they were being ignored.

"It's time to get on with leaving the EU and stop the faffing about - let's get out, now," he added.

Image caption Robert Hill wants to stop the "faffing about" over Brexit

In 2014, Henry Reilly, now an independent councillor in Newry, stood as UKIP's European election candidate.

He won 4% of the vote.

Mr Hill said he believes there are voters disenfranchised with establishment parties who would look to UKIP to lead the way.

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