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“Frexit,” “Irexit,” “Quitaly”: why Nigel Farage is wasting his time trying to talk other countries out of the EU

A Farage-backed conference will explore the prospect of Ireland leaving—while in Italy, the Eurosceptic Five Star Movement is on the rise. But will either actually go anywhere?

By Alessio Colonnelli  

Nigel Farage is backing an "Brexit" conference. But will other countries actually follow Britain out of the EU? Photo: PA

Here we go again. Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has declared that he will visit the Republic of Ireland to back a conference which could, he hopes, instigate that country’s own departure from the EU. After ‘Quitaly’, ‘Frexit’ and ‘Nexit’, a newly coined neologism has emerged to blast our ears: ‘Irexit.’

Or maybe not. Irish mainstream politics seems to have little time for ideas like that—as does…

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