'Brexit talks about Irish border could be simple if there was political will for it', says Northern Irish Labour MP Kate Hoey

'Brexit talks about Irish border could be simple if there was political will for it', says Northern Irish Labour MP Kate Hoey

The Labour MP for Vauxhall didn't hold back in her chat with Julia Hartley-Brewer

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kate Hoey MP has said the Brexit talks in regard to the Irish border would be simple if there was a "political will" across the UK and EU.

Hoey blasted the EU for turning the issue of the Irish border into a weapon against the UK in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer

A compromise over the border to the Republic of Ireland fell apart on Monday after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refused to support it. 

The DUP said they had not been presented with the arrangements prior to an annoucement made by Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. 

Hoey, the Leave-supporting Labour MP for Vauxhall who hails from Northern Ireland, attacked the EU for turning the border into a tool to be used against the United Kingdom.

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think this really is something that could be solved with political will and is being used by the EU as a stick because they hate us leaving.

"What the EU could be doing is recognising the importance of the Good Friday Agreement, which made no mention of the EU other than saying geography-wise both countries were a part of it.

"They could have gone and said 'we accept this will be difficult, we’ll be flexible here, we’ll work with you and the Irish government' so if there is divergence at a later stage – when we leave and decide to do something different - the EU could be much more willing to work to make that happen. 

“It’s just ridiculous this is being turned into another EU weapon."

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