Nigel Farage has insisted he was tricked into saying ‘up the RA’ in a personalised birthday message online.
The former politician offers people personalised videos for a fee on the website Cameo.
In the birthday message, widely shared online in recent days, the Brexiteer wished Brian Ó Céileachair a happy birthday before finishing with the well-known Provisional IRA slogan.
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Speaking to the Mail Online this afternoon, he said he thought it was an innocent joke between friends.
“If I saw 'up the RA' I would have looked at that as something very innocent and wouldn't have even known there was an implication to it,” he said.
“A lot of messages that I get are friends sending each other messages with their own little jokes or their own little words which I have to judge – and of course I reject some if they are crude or offensive.”
It is believed Mr Farage was paid £73 (€86) to read out the message.
'This message is for Brian Ó Céileachair, Brexiteer,' Mr Farage is seen saying in the clip.
'I hope you have a great birthday and this comes from your good friend Aidan.
Raising his cup of coffee, he says: “Now, it's a bit early in the day so all I've got actually is coffee, but I hope you enjoy a few pints with the lads tonight. Up the RA.'
This afternoon, he insisted that he would not have used the phrase if he understood what it meant.