Welshman Andrew Thompson, who was the first person in Britain to become a full-time member of the Irish Republican Army, told The Verge that while he had been surprised by the news, he was also grateful for the “awakening” and “positive response” he has received from fellow members of the community in his native country.
“I’m a pretty open-minded person and I think I’m a very happy Welshman,” Thompson told The Guardian.
“I’m very proud of being Irish, but I’ve always been Welsh.”
Thompson was born in Swansea and spent his formative years living in the Welsh village of Carmarthen.
He became a full member of Sinn Fein when he was 16 years old and served in the Irish Defense Forces (IDF) from 1975 to 1979.
“The only reason I’m still in the military is because of the people that have been there for me and the people who were there for us,” he said.
“And we’re all still there for each other.”
He added that he felt the Irish Republic would remain “strong and independent” as long as it was the “last outpost of the British empire” in Europe.
“You just have to look at the history of the republic, because it was built on the backs of the white people and on the people of Britain,” he told The New York Times.
“If you look at any other country in the world, you’d think they were very different.”
But now, with the UK leaving the European Union, the country is a much different place.
“It’s a much darker place,” Thompson said.”[But] you don’t need a lot of change to be a better place.”
A Welshman’s perspective on Brexit and the future of the UKThe future of Wales has been a topic of conversation for a number of people in the past year, including Ian Jones, a Welsh politician and author of the upcoming book “Welsh Brexit: A Radical New Way Out.”
In a piece for The Independent, Jones argues that the Brexit referendum was the most important moment of his career, and that “the UK government has taken the right decision.”
He said that as the UK had voted to leave the European single market, it had put Wales at a disadvantage.
“We are still subject to the rules and regulations of the European state.
If we don’t change that, we’re stuck,” he wrote.
“This is a massive step backwards for Wales, and will continue to be for the UK as we leave the EU.”
The UK has been “the last outpost of British imperialism in Europe” and the former Welsh Prime Minister, Owen Paterson, had said that Wales should stay in the EU “because of its special status,” he added.
Jones said that this meant that Wales “would have been effectively kicked out” of the EU in 2019, which would have been a “catastrophic mistake.”
“I would have voted Brexit for reasons of economic security, security of the economy, security and security of our citizens,” he explained.
“But I was in the position of having a job and a home, and it was a terrible position.”
The British government is currently negotiating with the European Commission on how to deal with the consequences of Brexit.
But in the interview with The Guardian, Jones suggested that the British government should “get rid of the rules.”
“You’ve got to do it in a sensible way, because you don.
It’s not going to change everything in Wales, but you’re getting rid of a lot,” he concluded.
The Irish Republican army and its role in the uprising in Cork, 1916The Irish Republicans were part of the anti-slavery movement that took to the streets in Cork in the 1920s, and were instrumental in the liberation of Cork in February 1916.
They were recruited by a young Republican-led Irish Republican Battalion to fight for Ireland, and are remembered today for their actions during the Battle of the Somme.
They were instrumental during the 1916 Rising, and helped lead the assault on London and helped the IRA capture a train carrying IRA members, including Tommy Sheridan.
“It’s hard to get into history books,” he joked, “but I think that we are now more recognisable than we were in the late 1920s.”
He told The Independent that the Irish Republicans played an important role in his country’s fight against fascism.
“A lot of people who are really passionate about Ireland don’t know what the Irish nationalists did during the period between 1916 and 1922, and how the Irish armed forces really helped the struggle against fascism,” he commented.