Boris, Brexit and the Irish border

Liam Halligan joins Brendan O’Neill to discuss why we need a completely clean break from the EU.


Economist Liam Halligan joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the need for a clean Brexit, the propaganda war over the Irish border, and his new book on housing, Home Truths.

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cliff resnick

14th January 2020 at 12:05 pm

Just a word on Liam’s complaint about UK media not really understanding Irish parties and what they stand for. Welcome to the world of Celtic vs English language debate, there’s a heavy price to pay for language sentimentality. If the Irish kept to English, we’d all be the better off! Otherwise a very enjoyabe and informative session.

Alice Rowlands

11th January 2020 at 11:12 pm

Excellent interview – Liam is beautifully clear in his points – especially on the housing catastrophe in this country which really is a national disgrace and the real reason why our population is no longer at replacement rate – nobody in their right mind wants to raise a family in the highly unstable private rented sector with many vicious rogue landlords, insecure tenancies, massive deposits which are never returned, damp and dangerous accommodation and all the attendant stress and misery and uncertainty – no wonder more and more people are still living with their parents well into their 40s – at least it’s warm, safe and welcoming and affordable even if you lose your job.

Peter Fernie

10th January 2020 at 6:02 pm

As a Brit living in Ireland for the last 40 years your exchange was refreshing and highlighted the lack of understandings of both our countries about the other. I have to also had to withstand over the years pejorative remarks related of the Brits out and WestBrit currency and thought that this type of remark was consigned to history. Sadly Brexit and its lack of understanding in Ireland has resurrected this attitude. We all need more understanding of the others position.

Jim Lawrie

8th January 2020 at 10:25 am

I noticed 25yrs ago that access to Government and private sector IT contracts was off limits to all but nationally based companies throughout Europe. This was the case in Scandinavian countries before they joined, and continues to be. Regardless of this, they often had to bring in British personnel because their own were not up to the job.
Switzerland was a notable exception. Russia welcomed British expertise and waived the bureaucracy in order to do so. They have now have drawn level with us.

The French car industry would be finished save for all sorts of illegal protections and subsidies, and their hook up with the Japanese.

Great interview BTW. Always good to listen to someone who knows his subject like a professional should. Hope you have him on again.

Dean Sorley

8th January 2020 at 6:57 am

Listening to the Remainiacs post election podcast is one of the most incredible group deslusions I have ever heard.

“We won but the anti-democratic forces had succeeded in gaining a massive majority!”

Geoff Cox

8th January 2020 at 8:13 am

Hi Dean – yes indeed. It wouldn’t be so bad – in fact estimable – if they said “we still feel our policies are the correct ones for the country, but have to accept that the public aren’t with us”.

But no! They can’t be wrong, and they can’t say the Public are wrong (they’ve tried that, and whilst they believe we are all thickies, won’t make it obvious again) so they have to say someone cheated – the Russians/Trump/CIA/Israel/the far right!

However, before we get too carried away – the Cons and the Brexit Party and UKIP did not win 50% of the popular vote. I know the caveats and firmly believe, in a fair fight, more people would vote to leave now than in 2016. But it is a grey area and we cannot be too triumphalist. It is now incumbent on all leavers to make the new arrangements work, not complain if some things go wrong or are not ideal and be ready to talk up the country at every opportunity – after all for the next 5 years, certain people are going to blame Brexit for every bump in the road and we must be quick to counter punch with our own statistics and experience.

Jim Lawrie

8th January 2020 at 3:56 pm

The referendum was a fair fight. Leave won. If there were any way of challenging that in court or Parliament, then Remain, with their money, influence and Parliamentary majority, would have done it.

Remain will try to sabotage it, and that is what we must ruthlessly and relentlessly attack at every turn. Mr Halligan shows that it can be done by being better prepared than them.

Jim Lawrie

8th January 2020 at 12:15 pm

They constantly have to invent up imaginary electoral formats where they win. Like Robinson Crusoe playing football with his new friend, no matter what they change the rules to, Man Friday wins.

Listening to Mr Halligan compared to them tells us why he and his like are not seen on the MSM. For all his expertise compared to them, Mr Halligan does not come across in the least condescending or dumbed down. He expects us to understand what he is saying. Even less like them, he leaves us wanting to find out more.

Geoff Cox

8th January 2020 at 1:12 pm

Yes, Jim – I thought the same – straight talking and not dumbed down.


9th January 2020 at 1:48 am

‘The referendum was a fair fight.’ — By Russian standards, sure…

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David Margison

8th January 2020 at 4:47 pm

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9th January 2020 at 1:48 am

Do you usually talk to robots?

Ellen Whitaker

8th January 2020 at 1:25 am

Really excellent. I don’t know where else I could have gotten some of the information, and the points of view expressed in this podcast.

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