GETTY•ITVUPP leader rejects calls for special status post-Brexit
Mr Swann also dismissed Sinn Fein demands for an Irish border poll as “nonsense” as he unveiled his party’s General Election manifesto in Templepatrick.
The party leader insisted if Northern Ireland was granted special designated status following withdrawal from the European Union, it would lead to the break-up of the entire United Kingdom.
His comments come just days after Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance parties all called for special status for the region.Related articles
However, according to Mr Swann, this would serve no purpose other than bringing “all sorts of connotations that leaves us outside the UK”.
He added: "It sets us adrift to what it means to be part of the union.
"No-one has anything to fear from being part of the United Kingdom but we all have a lot to lose from leaving it.
"The Union not only is best for the present, but it's best for future generations."
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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
Mr Swann stressed that there can be no border in the middle of the Irish Sea and no passport checks for citizens of Northern Ireland arriving in Cairnryan or Heathrow.
He said the party's key Brexit