Kate Hoey: Boris Johnson has already made progress on the backstop

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Kate Hoey has said Boris Johnson’s clear stance on the Irish backstop has “moved on” the issue since he took power.

The Labour MP told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer she saw Mr Johnson stand firm during his visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

“He repeated as he left that we are leaving at the end of October, he said ‘come what may’ and he also reiterated very clearly that the British government would never be putting up any kind of border,” he said.

“The backstop issue I think has moved on quite a lot because there is now a much greater recognition even by the Irish government itself, who said very clearly if there was no deal there was no need still for a border.”

Ms Hoey met with DUP leader Arlene Foster and Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib in Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening ahead of a visit to the border.

She said there is now a “general air of optimism” that Britain will successfully leave the EU on October 31.

“There’s just this feeling of shift and this change which I am delighted with. We have a Prime Minister now who genuinely believes that we will have a great future outside the EU,” she said.

“It’s good now that there’s somebody at the head of our country who wants to stand up for our country and I hope the new negotiator that’s going in is going to be very different from the kind of negotiator we seem to have had in the past.”

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