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EU referendum: Neeson and Bono call on voters to stick with Europe

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/06/2016

Northern Ireland film star Liam Neeson has urged the UK to vote Remain in today's historic EU referendum vote.

The Ballymena man said a Brexit would have the "worst ramifications for the island of Ireland" and reverse the progress made since the Troubles.

He added: "Economically, this would be a backwards step for Ireland. Border controls would be implemented to allegedly stop illegal immigrants coming into the UK through the back door, and trade would also be enormously impacted.

"It would be truly a shame to sacrifice all the progress that has been made by the peace process regarding border controls."

The 64-year-old declared his support for the Irish4Europe campaign to encourage Irish people living in Britain to vote in favour of EU membership. "There is strength in unity," he said. "A Brexit vote will make us weak. I urge you to go out and vote to remain in the EU."

Meanwhile, rock star Bono (right) and U2 waded into the debate by declaring, "Don't go - we'd miss you."

They said Europe without Britain would be unimaginable to them.

The Irish rockers made a direct appeal to fellow country men and women voting in the referendum to back Remain.

On their official Facebook page, they reposted a video showing barriers coming down and bridges being built in Ireland since the beginning of the peace process.

The video by the Ireland4Europe campaign warned of the risk that new border controls would bring to all the progress made in the 18 years since the Good Friday Agreement.

In the event of a Brexit, the now seamless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would become the only land frontier between the UK and Europe.

"We were asked to repost this video," U2 said on their fan site. "We like it and we're humbled to be in it.

"For Irish voters in Britain, don't go, we'd miss you ... Europe without Britain seems unimaginable to us. Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry."

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