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Dissident group Saoradh in pledge to 'exploit' Brexit

By Leona O'Neill

The leadership of dissident republican party Saoradh say they hope Brexit is "as hard as hell" and they are backing the move because it will "quicken the end of one of the most repulsive and destructive nations that has ever existed".

The group has also vowed to "exploit" a visible hard border to gain support.

Saoradh chairman David Jordan (46) spelled out the future at the party's ard fheis in Londonderry on Saturday, one year on from their formation.

Mr Jordan, from Pomeroy in Co Tyrone, said difficulties over Brexit will be something their party will be looking to exploit.

"England's difficulty is Ireland's opportunity," he said.

"That which weakens and fragments Britain is good for Ireland, let us hope that Brexit is as hard as hell and helps usher in the demise of the last section of the cruel British empire.

"The fact is there is a border, people forget it.

"Once you have a visible hard border - to me it is a hard border - it might remind them.

"There is a generation of young people who don't remember the physical manifestation.

"With a hard border, you can see that the island is partitioned, so on that point of view we would very much see it as something to exploit."

Mr Jordan said that following a debate, the party have made a firm decision not to stand in any elections.

He also denied Saoradh had any links to terror groups and said they were a "standalone party".

"It is totally untrue that we are connected to paramilitary groups," he said.

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