Many liberals around the world were infuriated by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union — and now, one prominent Irish athlete seems to be encouraging his home country to do the same.
Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor offered his thoughts on the matter in a series of recent social media posts and came about as close to endorsing Ireland’s exit from the E.U. as possible without saying it outright.
“It’s time to talk Ireland leaving the European Union,” he wrote, according to Breitbart.
“Sent to its rightful destination”
McGregor went on to hint at some factors that might have shaped his opinion, including COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
In one post, he referred to Irish leaders as “EU lackeys” and dismissed the “laughable” efforts to mandate vaccines.
“The tracks of this gravy train will soon be realigned and sent to its rightful destination of an Irish red brick wall,” McGregor wrote.
Of course, those posts were subsequently deleted. It was not immediately clear why he chose to take them down.
Support for Irish exit rises
As it stands, there is not a great deal of public support in Ireland for a Brexit-style departure from the E.U. While the establishment of the Irish Freedom Party led to increased discussion of the prospect, there is not enough demand among Irish citizens to turn the idea into reality just yet.
Breitbart pointed out, however, that there are several reasons that Ireland might stand to benefit from an E.U. exit.
Like every other nation in the union, it has to follow policies enacted by the central government in Brussels, Belgium, which does not necessarily have Ireland’s best interests in mind. Furthermore, the nation does not currently have a significant stake in its own fiscal and monetary policies as it now uses the Euro as its currency.
It remains to be seen whether McGregor’s remarks on the topic will rally more Irish citizens to support the movement. His now-deleted posts received thousands of likes and supportive comments and came in the wake of recently announced rule changes that will impact nightclubs and other businesses throughout the holiday season.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin defended the measures this week, asserting: “The risks associated with proceeding into the Christmas period without some restrictions to reduce the volume of social contacts is just too high.”