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Former Westlife band-member and current has-been Brian McFadden has weighed in on the whole Brexit situation, and it's a hot mess.

He's essentially pulling a Kanye West and has caused an absolute scene on Twitter, where numerous Irish citizens effectively excommunicated him from the island of Ireland. Rightfully so.

McFadden chose to speak out on the two hottest and most controversial topics of 2019: Donald Trump and Brexit. Unfortunately, the world has noticed his tweet and is laughing at him mercilessly.

We can only hope he was drunk when he composed this tweet, but we suspect he was sober. It began safely enough: "The fact that Boris, Farage and Jeremy are the front runners to be Prime Minister is scary! Britain is fu*ked! Literally f*cked!" 

Now, here's where it all went wrong; "Incredible how many Brits jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon. He’s exactly what Britain needs! A Britain first at all costs attitude is essential." The typo and expletive-strewn Tweet was seen by thousands, who unfortunately realised his Irish heritage.

Who knows why the sort-of singer passed such odd judgement on the upcoming Tory leadership battle in the UK and America's cesspit of right-wing horror. The reactions to his rant were, we must say, hilarious.

"England's Brian McFadden is a disgrace to his country," wrote Mallow News, offering him as a sacrifice to the country he seems to think he's part of already.

This next one is absolutely savage, he's going to need serious aloe vera for these burns;

"Have you thought of maybe dialling back the fascism a bit, Bri? Like they did with your vocal when you were in Westlife…" Doctor, we need someone to resuscitate this man.

Another Twitter user rightfully pointed out that it's fairly impossible to hate Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn but love Trump at the same time? The tweet contradicts itself entirely:

"I… I'm so confused. This is like two completely polar opposite tweets mashed together. How can you hate Boris and Farage, yet love Trump? They're basically evil triplets?!?!" We're just as confused as you, Rachael. 

As if this wasn't bad enough, well-known transphobic misogynist Graham Linehan commented, "Off, I thought you were done embarrassing Ireland." Literally not a single solitary soul asked for one Irish disgrace coming in to smack down another Irish disgrace. The neck.

Another eagle-eyed internet member pointed out that this isn't the first time Brian McFadden has said some pretty dumb stuff online…

Yes, you read that correctly. "If you're not gay, a man should not be wearing pink…Saying pink is a form of red is like saying homosexuality is a form of male."

WOW…his masculinity is clearly as fragile as a glass slipper. There's too much to unpack when it comes to that statement in a single article, but I think we can all agree that the chap is cancelled.

According to his Peaky Blinders Twitter header, he seems to fantasize about joining some type of gang…let's remember he once said he'd fight ISIS in man-to-man hand combat. 

"I don't think you're sufficiently relevant enough to play that card, Bri," another Twitter comedian pointed out.

The 39-year-old is getting DRAGGED online and we'd better be putting on some popcorn.

Breaking news: Brian McFadden is actually now the front-runner to be the UK's next Prime Minister.

The tea is positively scorching, so keep an eye out for even more hilarious hot takes on McFadden's 180-degree turn. Someone confiscate the lad's Irish passport, he's not worthy.

Feature image: Instagram/@brianmcfadden123 



With Brexit seemingly a permanent fixture on every TV channel and newspaper, gender and race disparity as prominent as ever and climate change on everyone's minds; the European Union elections have never been more important.

To coincide with the upcoming election, the EU has launched the 'This Time I'm Voting' campaign to encourage citizens to vote this time around.

Member states nominate direct candidates for the European Parliament through proportional representation. but with numerous EU parliamentarians represented on Twitter, it's hugely convenient to have debates online and exhange views.

The #ThisTimeImVoting campaign explains EU issues and elaborates on the ways in which every vote affects the living conditions of EU citizens.

This #EUelections2019 campaign is being introduced in 25 relevant languages to reach as many people as possible.

Factually-correct information is available on Twitter for first-time voters and EU election experts alike.

A large aspect of the public election conversation is happening via Twitter, which is why the site is showing support by introducing a special emoji for the #ThisTimeImVoting campaign.

The elections for local and EU seats as well as the divorce referendum take place on May 24, make sure you're there.

Every vote counts, so don't forget to make your mark on Europe. 


Love Island has gotten a lot of slagging for being a vapid show about generically beautiful Instagram models riding in the sun. 

However, the girls of the group took to discussing one of the biggest political issues of our time last night – so Love Island nay sayers, buckle up. 

In last night's hour-long episode, student Georgia asked the girls what they thought of Brexit, before model Hayley raised some eyebrows by admitting that she had no idea what Brexit was. 

Georgia gave a good go of trying to explain the concept of the European Union to Hayley, saying: ''It would mean welfare, and things we trade with would be cut down.'

However, Hayley became more confused, replying: 'So that does that mean we won't have any trees?' 

Adding more confusion to the whole thing,. another one of the girls, thought Hayley said cheese rather than trees. 

However, the seriousness of the Brexit situation was grasped when the girls discussed the possibility that no longer being part of the EU could make international travel more difficult. 

'So it would be harder to go on holidays? Oh I love my holidays,' Hayley said. 

Twitter has been taking the absolute piss out of the girls for their conversation, Hayley in particular, so I doubt they'll be living that viral clip down any time soon. 




The cost of living for all Irish households could increase by 2 to 3.1 percent under a hard Brexit. The price of bread and cereals could jump by 30 percent, with milk, eggs, and cheese prices potentially rising by 46 percent thanks to possible tariffs and trade costs.

These numbers come from a study published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and commissioned by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

The ERSI looked at different Brexit scenarios in order to determine how prices may increase for imported goods, the Irish Examiner reports.

Overall, there would be an increased cost of €892 to €1,360 annually per household, with the first figure showing what the increase would be like with non-tariff trade costs. The higher figure takes into account tariffs and other trade costs.

The higher costs incurred by a hard Brexit would disproportionately affect lower-income households. Poorer families could experience increases of 70 percent more than the wealthiest.

Poorer households would struggle more under a hard Brexit because they spend a higher proportion of their income on goods such as food that are greatly affected by tariffs and trade costs.

Martina Lawless (an ESRI associate research professor) and Edgar Morgenroth (professor of economics at Dublin City University), who authored the report, said that without a trade deal or transition agreement by March 2019, World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariff rules would apply.

This means that tariffs would be applied to UK goods being sent to the EU, and vice versa.

Martina noted that the projected numbers above reflect 'a worst case scenario'.

She said that the figures in the report likely show the maximum increase in the cost of living because they did not take into account that people may switch products or change their spending habits in the face of rising prices.



Brexit negotiations have resulted in the assurance that there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Theresa May announced that that ‘we guarantee there will be no hard border in Ireland.’

She also pledged to ‘uphold the Belfast Agreement,’

‘Things are moving in the right direction’ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Journal.

‘It’s in our interest that the Brexit that does happen is as soft as it can be.’

‘I think we’re getting away from this binary hard or soft idea.’

‘This is not the end but it is the end of the beginning,’ he tweeted.

'We want to build bridges, not borders. We want to free travel and free trade to continue as it does now and has done for 20 years.'

A second phase of negotiations will now begin.


In an age when Brexit doom and gloom is slapped across every broadsheet and news station, it's nice to know there are people out there who know how to make light of the situation.

Sure we could sit back and watch as Theresa May and Leo Varadkar argue about economics and borders, or, like one Grindr user did, we could use the political jargon to get ourselves a date.

London based actor, James Walker-Black, was recently trying his luck in the world of online dating when he received what is quite possibly the most pun-tastic opening message ever sent.

And of course, living in a world that thrives on social media, James had to share it with the twittersphere.


As expected, Twitter absolutely loved his creativity and called for James to marry this man immediately. 

So, did James and this mysterious pun enthusiast ever meet? 

Unfortunately not. According to The Irish Examiner, his response was not met with the same praise. 

“It may have been because I said ‘I might take you up on that offer’ and really should have made some sort of EU pun,” the 26-year-old said.

“But I’d had like three bottles of wine at that point so wasn’t particularly feeling witty.”

Hey, you win some, you lose some – at least we got a giggle out of it! 


Freedom of movement of labour between the United Kingdom and the European Union will end in the spring of 2019, UK immigration minister, Brandon Lewis said this morning.

A new immigration system will be put in place by March 2019, though the details of this are not yet known.

The news comes as the government commissioned a “detailed assessment” of the costs and benefits of EU migrants.

The report is due to be completed in September 2018, six months before the UK's proposed exit date.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd insisted Britain would remain open to skilled workers from the EU after Brexit, insisting she wanted the “brightest and best” to know they could still choose to live and work in Britain after the new immigration laws are put in place.

She told The Financial Times: "Once we have left the EU, this government will apply its own immigration rules and requirements that will meet the needs of UK businesses, but also of wider society.”

"I also want to reassure businesses and EU nationals that we will ensure there is no 'cliff edge' once we leave the bloc."



UK Prime Minister Theresa May and new Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have had a telephone conversation regarding Irish-UK relations post-Brexit. 

The discussion is said to have occurred during a call in which May congratulated Taoiseach Leo Varadker on his new position.

'The Prime Minister spoke to Leo Varadkar on the phone earlier today to offer her congratulations on becoming Taoiseach,' a Downing Street spokeswoman told The Belfast Telegraph.

'The Taoiseach expressed his deepest sympathies for recent tragic events and said the thoughts of the Irish people were with the people of London at this time.

'Both leaders agreed on the importance of continued cooperation between the two countries and the Prime Minister said she was personally committed to a close and special partnership with Ireland as the UK embarks on leaving the European Union.'

'They also spoke about a crucial need for the parties in Northern Ireland to come together to form a fully functioning Executive by the 29 June and how both leaders would continue to engage closely on this important issue.'

'The Prime Minister also emphasised her steadfast commitment to the Belfast Agreement and its successors and the two leaders agreed to meet in person at the earliest.'



European Union leaders have agreed today that Northern Ireland will automatically become part of the EU if a future Border poll shows favour of a united Ireland.

The decision was made at a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels to discuss the implications and effects of Brexit on Ireland which concluded this afternoon. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland’s difficulties in regards to border negotiations were understood by European leaders.

The leaders of the remaining EU states also approved guidelines for how the EU trading bloc will conduct its Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.

European Council president Donald Tusk said the summit had approved the guidelines in less than a minute, according to The Irish Times.


Ah, lads. If you just love making your way through a lovely pint of Guinness then we have a bit of bad news for you.

Apparently, Brexit could effect the pricing of our beloved stout as prices are set to rise due to the UK's departure from Europe.

But, how? We asked ourselves the same thing. It turns out that the booze makes quite a few trips around the country before it's actually sent on to bars and pubs.

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According to The Guardian, cans of the good shtuff cross the Irish boarder twice before being shipped to their various destinations.

It's first made in St James's Gate brewery in Dublin, and then it's pumped into tankers and driven to east Belfast.

When it hits Belfast, it's then canned, and sent back to Dublin Port for distribution.

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A spokesperson for Guinness and Diageo confirmed that a harder boarder cross could cause delays for more than an hour per Guinness truck, which would end up costing around €100 per vehicle.

Add that up and the travel implications due to Brexit could cost the company around €1.3m additional costs a year.




As Brexit officially comes into play today, papers all over the globe covered the implications of the UK leaving the European Union.

The Guardian put together a very fetching front page, featuring Europe as a jigsaw puzzle, with the UK missing.

However, the chunk missing also includes a large portion of the Emerald Isle. 

 This has left some Irish folk very baffled, as ROI areas like Donegal and Monaghan were also removed.

Obviously this was just a slight oversight on The Guardian's part, but of course that didn't stop people making jokes about it on Twitter. 

Counties like Offaly and Cork got an awful slagging, as people joked about wanting to give those away in return for the missing ones. 

Old rivalries we're also dug up, in traditional Irish spirit. 

"Cork raging because they were full sure the Dubs would be away."

"Hopes of 'real capital' status dashed," joked one. 

Others got pretty political with their tweets regarding the missing piece of the puzzle. 

"Hey most of the six counties didn't vote to leave but that isn't stopping the Brits," said another.

However, most people took a joking stance to the whole thing.

Feature image:  Kath Viner/Twitter



The Daily Mail has come under some major criticism this morning, and rightly so.

The tabloid is notorious for its hyped-up headlines, but this morning's serving of sexism completely took the biscuit.

The paper covered yesterday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on their front page, but rather than focusing on the powerful women's political statements, the red top took an entirely different angle. 

The paper chose to discuss the women's bodies rather than what they had to say. 

Pitting the women against one another, "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!" screams the headline, which, first of all, is an idiotic sentence which barely rhymes, and secondly, is a blatant example of everyday sexism.

How ridiculous would it look if this was an image of two male politicians, whose figures were being critiqued rather than what they said?

But of course that would never happen, purely on the basis that they are men and what men have to say and contribute is always valued more than how they look.

This headline proves that women are still seen by some people to be purely ornamental, that their worth is based completely on what they have to aesthetically offer the world. 

These are two women in positions of power, who have gotten to where they are based on intelligence, skill and hard work, and yet their worth is boiled down to who has the better, more shapely pair of legs? 

It's a completely ludicrous display of flagrant sexism and as women we simply should not condone it. 

"It wasn't quite stilettos at dawn, but there was a distinctly frosty atmosphere when Theresa May met Nicola Sturgeon yesterday," reads the first line of the article, playing up to old stereotypes that women must always be in competition with each other.

We saw it for a whole decade on the X Factor as rumours of female judges nonexistent rivalries made front page news, and comments about how the women looked compared to each other were rife with every single show.

Now, arguably two of the most important women on this side of the pond discussing a massive political issue have become victims to the same kind of thoughtless, sexist rhetoric. 

Feature image: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

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