'We'll make Ireland leave EU as well:" Doncaster MP hopeful comes up with 'Brexit solution'
An independent candidate standing in Doncaster at the General Election says he will solve Brexit – by forcing Ireland to leave the EU as well with the UK paying the funding it would lose instead.
Eddie Todd, who is standing in the Doncaster North constituency, has outlined what he calls ‘Eddie’s Brexit Solution’ in his election campaign leaflets.
He wrote: “I’m totally against Labour’s views and policies on Brexit.
“My solution is to negotiate with Ireland for them to leave the EU as well. We’d give Ireland the funding which they would lose from the EU in the event that they pulled out with us.
He also says he would keep the open border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, adding: “This would protect the UK’s economy and our fishing grounds. If this is not agreeable, we must have a hard border between the mainland UK and Ireland."
Britain’s future trading relationship with Ireland has proved one of the main sticking points over Brexit – with the so-called Irish backstop plan a particular bone of contention among politicians.
Mr Todd, a local businessman, added: “We cut out this nonsense on whether we should leave or not leave and do what the people voted for.”
Mr Todd, who runs a Uncle Eddie’s Motor Park at Carcroft, first came to prominence when he stood for election as Mayor of Doncaster in 2017.
He finished fourth and blamed his defeat on a police "set-up" after video of him being spoken to by officers over an "ambulance" he was using as a campaign vehicle went viral.
In the immediate aftermath of his defeat, he called for the election to be re-run, saying the clip had wrecked his entire campaign and lost him thousands of votes.
He has also outlined a series of election pledges which he will deliver after Brexit.
Among them are ‘making it easier for employers to employ,’ increasing pay for postal workers by 30%, establishing ‘support’ for ‘kids with problems and stopping workplace pensions.
He added: “I joined the Labour Party, then I joined the Conservative Party, I donated to the Brexit Party. I became disillusioned with them all.
“I came to my senses and went back to being an independent candidate.”
The full list of candidates in Doncaster North
Wendy Bailey - Independent
Frank Calladine - English Democrats
Stevie Manion - Yorkshire Party
Ed Miliband - Labour Party
Joe Otten - Liberal Democrats
Katrina Sale - Conservative Party
Andy Stewart - Brexit Party
Eddie Todd - Independent