The trip didn’t start without a hiccup though. After catching a delayed flight, Steven was informed after landing in Belfast that his planned speech at the Skainos Centre in East Belfast was cancelled at the last minute with the venue organisors saying ‘The venue is not permitted for party political events’. (Although we later found out that Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have both spoken at the venue and even the Green party have held events there too). The venue also proudly boasted a plaque inside the lobby which details how it was built with European Union money, from the European Regional Development Fund, leading to questions as to whether or not the venue was leaned on to cancel Steven’s events. This news even reached the Daily Express
For the first part of the trip, Steven headed to the Boyne Bridge in Republic of Ireland, the only UK land border with another nation. Driving through, there were no border controls whatsoever. As UKIP's Migration spokesman, Steven stated clearly that ‘the British authorities must ensure that if the UK leaves the European Union, we implement full border controls between Republic and Northern Ireland.’
After having a tour around Stormont assembly with UKIP leader in Northern Ireland and MLA David McNarry, Steven gave a ended the tour by delivering a brilliant speech at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast. In his opening remarks, David McNarry thanked the Park Avenue Hotel for stepping in as a replacement venue for the evening.
At the end of the trip in Northern Ireland he left the members with one clear message on the EU Referendum that ‘the Irish Government should remain neutral in the UK’s EU referendum and respect the result if Britain chooses BREXIT’.