UKIP boss Nigel Farage says he'd allow the Irish border to stay open – but would introduce stricter controls on who could cross it if his party was in power.Irish residents would be able to travel north but foreign nationals in the Republic would have to apply for work permits to do so, he said.
He was speaking as he brought his anti-EU message to Belfast in a bid to build support ahead of next year's European and council elections.
The party has one MLA and a councillor in the province, but Mr Farage insists there is a real hunger for a fresh approach. The Ukip leader also claimed:
* His party has support in the Republic.
* Northern Ireland has been failed by Europe, despite billions of pounds from EU grants.
* Ukip will field at least two candidates in every area at the next council elections.
He believes the party is a positive addition to the political scene.
"We are the only genuinely UK-wide political party in operation in the UK today; our Euro-scepticism is not open to question and we also have a genuinely non-sectarian approach to politics," he said. "I believe that would be a healthy injection to the Northern Irish political debate."