Pollsters Red C have revealed 92 percent of Irish nationals surveyed want to remain a part of the EU even despite the UK leaving – up four percent even from the start of Brexit negotiations in 2017.
It marks an even bigger increase from 2013, during the height of the island’s financial crisis, when just 81 percent wanted to remain in the EU.
The surge comes despite repeated attempts by chief Brexiteer and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage to encourage Ireland to follow their nearest neighbour in quitting the bloc.
In February he travelled to Dublin to take part in an event titled ‘Irexit: Freedom to Prosper’, where he asked: “What on earth is going on in the politics of this country?
Ireland is unlikely to follow the UK out of the EU after a poll revealed 92 per cent want to stay
“How much more humiliated can the Irish nation be than for years being run by the Troika?
“The indignity, a few years back, of your budget being seen by the German government before it was put to the Dail.”
The new poll, of 1,000 people from March 15 to 21, revealed heavy majorities in favour of remaining in the bloc regardless of gender, location, employment status or level of education.
Unlike the Brexit referendum, in Ireland support for the EU remains high even among those aged 65 or over at 93 percent – the same level as those aged 25 to 44.
Nigel Farage travelled to Ireland in an attempt to drum up support for an ‘Irexit’
A majority of 58 percent also agreed Ireland should contribute more to the EU budget, with 59 per cent believing neutral Ireland should be a part of “increased EU defence and security co-operation” – which increasingly looks like a fully-fledged EU Army.
European Movement Ireland, who commissioned the poll, said the results showed people are “very clear” leaving the EU would not be “in Ireland’s interests”.
Executive director Noelle O’Connell said: “Contrary to recent claims, at 92 percent support for Ireland’s membership of the EU remains strong.
“In fact it is at an all-time high since we first undertook this poll in 2013.
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“People are very clear that leaving the EU would not be in Ireland’s interests.”
Even the number of people who once believed Ireland should leave the EU if Britain does has also dropped, from 29 percent in 2013 to 11 today.
The poll did, however, acknowledge the “uncertainty” sparked by Brexit, Ms O’Connell said.
She said: “There is understandable uncertainty about what changes Brexit will bring to Ireland, the border and the Ireland-UK trade relationship in the long term.”
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Indeed the only division shown by the results was on the subject of a united Ireland. When asked whether Brexit will make the prospect more like, 44 per cent agreed and 44 per cent disagreed.
Regardless, the poll is bad news for Brexiteers hoping Ireland will follow the UK out of the bloc – or indeed reunite with Britain, a controversial idea put forward today by Think Scotland think tank contributor Jonathan Stanley.
The former Ukip election candidate wrote: “Ireland will soon find itself without big friends in Europe. To be fair it deserves nothing less.
Support for Irexit remains low despite Nigel Farage’s attempts to drum up support
“The best way for it to keep its outward looking, low tax, light touch economy and maintain links with the UK is for the Irish border to go entirely.
“The Republic alone would have something like 50 seats in Westminster, equal to all other MPs. No Commission. No Qualified Majority Voting. No imposition of directives it cannot influence.
“It is not so bad an offer for those of an open mind.”