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Bill Clinton warns against BREXIT for the North of Ireland’s sake

Bill Clinton received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Irish America Hall of Fame event in New York
Bill Clinton received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Irish America Hall of Fame event in New York

THE NORTH of Ireland will get “whacked” if Britain leaves the EU, Bill Clinton has warned.

The former US President made his prediction while accepting a lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame event for his “role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland”.

Bill Clinton warned against Britain leaving the EU during his keynote speech
Bill Clinton warned against Britain leaving the EU during his keynote speech

He also gave the keynote speech at the magazine’s event, held at New York’s Metropolitan Club.

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“It’s Northern Ireland that will really get whacked if Britain withdrew from the European Union,” he said.

“And I hope they don’t because it’s too easy to believe that the only solution to the problems in the world is to hunker down,” he added.

The former US leader was the first sitting president to visit the North in 1995.

He returned twice more during his presidency and visited again in 2014.

During his speech at the honorary luncheon held on Wednesday, March 30, he also paid tribute to the legacy of the 1916 Proclamation of Irish independence, calling it “a document that says that Ireland will be established for all people who believe in freedom in constitutional government without regard for their religion or their race or background.”

He added: “In other words, it calls for what we have been working for for the last 20 years and what the Irish have largely achieved through great difficulties. And the only thing that works in an interdependent world [are] inclusive economics, inclusive societies, inclusive governments. Nothing else over the long run is sustainable.”

The event also saw four new inductees, from the military, arts and philanthropic sectors, welcomed into the Irish America Hall of Fame –  namely Col. Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle commander; former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; essayist, novelist, reporter, and columnist Pete Hamill; and Edward J.T. Kenney, who was honoured for his role in the Peace Process and work with the Concern Worldwide U.S. charity.

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4 comments on “Bill Clinton warns against BREXIT for the North of Ireland’s sake”

  1. Boston, USA

    Clinton signed the NAFTA Trade Agreement in 1993. Millions of American jobs lost as a result. Clinton de-regulated the banks and Wall Street. In 2008 the American economy nearly collapsed as a result. He ignored the Rwanda tragedy. He got involved in Kosovo to get the Monica scandal off the headlines. His recommendations aren't always so great.

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  2. Boston, USA

    The "Hall of Fame" translates into those with Irish surnames who have wealth or political power. Plenty of Irish -American cops, teachers, nurses, firefighters, construction workers, barkeeps, factory workers, postmen etc. who are good and help others. The whole concept of awarding based on wealth and power is elitist.

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  3. John Devane

    I am sure the UK and Ireland can work out a bilateral agreement to preserve the common travel area and trade post Brexit .

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  4. Taffy Jones

    He's right, only it would't only be the north; all of ireland will suffer. This clip explains why. (You may have to cut and paste it)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36092609

    The remain campaign needs every eligable Irish voter in Britain to back it. Wales, Scotland and Ulster need the UK to remain in Europe. We don't want England dragging us out with it

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