Brian McFadden has said that he has “a strong feeling” that Brexit could force a united Ireland because “most people in Northern Ireland don’t want Brexit”.
Mr McFadden, a Irish singer and member of Westlife told talkRADIO’s : “I’m not sure what is going to happen with Brexit, I will tell you one thing I have a strong feeling that we might see a united Ireland quicker than we ever thought.
“I think most people in Northern Ireland don’t want Brexit, they want to be part of the EU.
“The only way they could do that is by having a united Ireland.”
‘Thinking about money rather than what they believe in’
Mr McFadden added: “It is a horrible thing to think if a united Ireland does come from this, it will be horrible to think this happened over a financial situation, people thinking about money rather what they actually believe in.
“If for all these years they have been saying they don’t want a united Ireland and then because it is financially beneficial for us to that – ‘yes, sounds good to me’.”
This comes as Conservative Brexiteers released proposals on Wednesday, which they believe could allow the UK to leave the EU’s single market and customs union without the need for a hard border in Ireland.
The European Research Group of Tory backbenchers, which is led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, believe the Government has allowed the border question to become an obstacle to a Canada-style free trade agreement.
In a new paper, they propose the Government should agree on equal UK and EU regulations for the safety of agricultural products and then allow EU inspectors into Northern Ireland to check on their implementation.
Northern Ireland and the Republic would be maintained as a Common Biosecurity Zone after Brexit, allowing the smooth movement of these goods across the border.
The document said: "The key obstacle in the negotiations is the EU's concern that goods could enter into the Single Market area through the Irish border without being compliant with EU standards or tariffs.”
"The question for the EU is whether this risk to the integrity of the Single Market is so serious that it could block a Free Trade Agreement with the UK."