[From David Schneider’s Twitter feed.]

It is ridiculous to claim an agreement that has kept the peace in Northern Ireland for 20 years is “unsustainable” – but it raises a serious point about Brextremists like Dan Hannan, Owen Paterson and Kate Hoey.

Their attitude shows they are determined to leave the European Union, no matter what the cost – even if that cost includes other people’s lives.

This Writer is old enough to remember the so-called “Troubles”; I’m sure many readers remember them too.

Many people died; many more were injured. The scars – physical and psychological – ran deep.

It is, therefore, entirely correct to label anyone who would jeopardise the agreement that ended the violence as “reckless” and “irresponsible”.

I mean, where’s the upside?

It is now known that Brexit will be used to strip UK citizens of jobs and prosperity; of their rights, both human and in employment; some plan to cut standards of goods and services, to force us into buying inferior US food and products; and there are fears that it will be used to lock privatisation into the NHS, in a trade and investment agreement similar to the hated – and aborted – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Is that not enough harm for Messrs Hannan and Paterson, and Ms Hoey?

Do they really want blood on their hands as well?

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has condemned the Labour MP Kate Hoey for “reckless” and “irresponsible” remarks after she declared that the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland 20 years ago, was “unsustainable”.

Her comments, coming swiftly after similar comments made by the former Conservative Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson and pro-Brexit MEP Daniel Hannan, were also roundly condemned by the shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Owen Smith, who questioned their timing.

Source: Ireland condemns Kate Hoey’s ‘reckless’ Good Friday agreement remarks | Politics | The Guardian

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