Campbell – “impossible ‘hard border’ was used as an EU bargaining chip”

15 November 2018

East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell responding to the Brexit announcement described it as a botched deal.

Gregory Campbell MP

DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office

Gregory Campbell

Mr. Campbell said,

“For many months, a so-called ‘hard border’ between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic has been pointed to as the key hold up on getting an EU-UK exit deal. The Prime Minister should have nailed this right at the outset. There is no circumstance and no possible fall-back whereby a 'hard border' would have been put in place.

With three hundred crossing points, no matter who would have tried to locate checkpoints or infrastructure at the border, it would have been circumvented by everyone with ease and regarded with ridicule. The inordinate waste of time and resources negotiating to prevent something that was never going to happen is deplorable but has been used by the EU as an enormous bargaining chip.

Over the next few weeks and months there will be an unprecedented fear campaign. Just as the Government was frightened into a bad deal under a false pretext, now a campaign using words such as "crisis" and "catastrophe" will swing into operation to do likewise to the backbench MPs and the wider population.

With several Ministerial resignations and widespread rejection of the proposed deal, the nation must now pause and seize this opportunity to rebuild.  We should work towards a sensible departure from the EU. 

The DUP has stood up for Northern Ireland whilst working with likeminded parliamentarians across the House of Commons.  We want the referendum result to be respected and deliver a good deal for everyone in the United Kingdom.  We must continue to prepare for a future outside the EU but we can do better than this derisory and botched deal which has been offered.”

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