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Farage: Stop Northern Ireland MPs voting on English matters

By Mark McLaughlin

Northern Ireland's MPs shouldn't vote in House of Commons votes on issues that only affect England, the Ukip leader has said.

Nigel Farage said that if English MPs are not given greater powers, it could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.

As his party gathers for its Doncaster conference, Mr Farage appeared most concerned about only one of the UK's countries.

"I'll tell you something – if we don't give the English a fair voice, there won't be a Union because England will break away," he said.

"England will say 'enough is enough is enough'." In the wake of the Scottish referendum vote, the main Westminster parties appear ready to concede more powers to the devolved regions.

However, the Prime Minister has suggested that the quid pro quo is that they may have to keep out of English-only matters.

Mr Farage backed a 'two-tier' parliament, and added that Northern Ireland's MPs should refrain from taking part in those debates at Westminster.

"That isn't right, that isn't fair – we need a completely new constitutional settlement," he said.

"I don't believe that can be put together in the course of a few weeks in a private committee room." Meanwhile, a Ukip donor called for an English referendum on ejecting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the UK.

Property investor Andrew Perloff said Scotland's rejection of independence came as no surprise given that UK taxpayers "contribute £1,600 per year per person... to these malcontents".

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