PR man for Ukip Hermann Kelly in favour of a united Ireland
Ukip has distanced itself from a Press officer's comments made on Northern Ireland radio where he said he was in favour of a United Ireland.
Hermann Kelly was billed on BBC Talkback as a Press officer for Ukip and when challenged referred to himself as "a Press officer for Ukip in Brussels".
He made his comments during a debate on whether the United Kingdom Independence Party could be a political game-changer in Northern Ireland.
When arguing that Ukip was a non-sectarian party, Mr Kelly described his background in the Bogside of Derry.
When asked, he agreed he remained a nationalist within Ukip.
He was asked: "So you support the idea of a United Ireland but you are in Ukip?" to which he responded, "Yes."
He said: "I now live and work in Brussels. I don't have a vote in the North of Ireland, I won't be having any decisive powers on the status of Northern Ireland."
When further questioned he said: "I'm only giving my own personal view.
"The position of the party is different.
"You asked me my own personal opinion.
"This is who I am, it's important to have an identity.
"I work for a party, I believe what the party stands for."
In response to the comments Ukip's deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP argued that Mr Kelly was appearing in a personal capacity and not as a party Press officer.
Mr Nuttall said: "Earlier today Brussels-based EFDD Press officer Hermann Kelly appeared on BBC Radio Ulster and made some statements that seemed to contradict official Ukip policy in Northern Ireland.
"Mr Kelly appeared in a personal capacity and not as a Ukip Northern Ireland spokesperson. Ukip totally disassociates itself with the comments made today on BBC Radio Ulster by Mr Kelly.
"Ukip is a non-sectarian unionist party that is fully committed to the union.
"It is in fact the only party with elected representation in all four parts of the United Kingdom."