Since the start of 2018 An Sionnach Fionn has published a number of articles examining the ongoing campaign by far-right and revanchist elements of the Brexit movement in the United Kingdom to extend their influence to Ireland. The primary intention of these individuals and groups is to undermine Irish popular support for the Backstop Protocol or the clause in the draft international treaty between the European Union and the UK protecting the peace settlement established under the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. A clause many Brexiteers blame for Britain’s inability to exit the EU without fulfilling its legal and financial obligations to its former partners.
Over the last eighteen months the British extremists and their local proxies have sought to encourage anti-European sentiment in Ireland by fostering the same kind of politicised racism and xenophobia in this country that they have successfully promoted in their own since the late 1980s, culminating in the highly charged Brexit referendum of 2016. This, in part, explains the establishment of the so-called Irexit Freedom Party, a transparent Brexiteer Fifth Column with clear links to figures involved in the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the breakaway Brexit Party (BP) and other anti-EU groupings in London. This has been explored in some detail by this posting on Medium, “British Far Right Extremism Manipulating Ireland“, and I’d highly recommend a read.