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Staying in #EU without #Britain will be ’so PAINFUL’: Irish MPs urged to ...

Associate Professor Emeritus of social policy at Trinity College Anthony Coughlan will tell the Brexit Committee of the Seanad’s - Ireland’s upper house - the nation should pull out of the EU at or around the same time as the UK.

He will tell the committee it is "hard to point to any significant advantage for the Republic of remaining in the EU when the UK leaves”.

Prof Coughlan will add: ”Because of this, it is probable that at the end of the day Brexit will be accompanied by Irexit, as the adverse consequences of us seeking to stay in the EU become evident to the Irish public and to major Irish interest groups over the coming two years.

Professor Anthony CoughlinGetty/YoutubeTrinity College academic Anthony Coughlan

"Even if we do remain members of the EU without the UK for a period post-Brexit, we are likely to find that experience so painful that it will induce us to leave."

The views of the Eurosceptic campaigner would appear to be in the minority with support for the EU at around 77 per cent of the population, according to a Eurobarometer poll published at the end of last years, way above the average across the bloc of 50 per cent.

Support for the EU in Ireland comes mainly from the business and political arenas.

Mon, April 17, 2017 The debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg will focus on key issues of the Brexit talks including reciprocal rights for EU citizens, the peace process in Northern Ireland and trade
Former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage (L) gestures as he speaks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a debate on the conclusions of the last European Council, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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Former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage (L) gestures as he speaks with EU Commission president

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