Brexiteers would risk lives in Northern Ireland for the sake of their obsession

[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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10 Thoughts to “Brexiteers would risk lives in Northern Ireland for the sake of their obsession”

  1. Stu

    Memories are so very short.
    Perhaps they should be reminded of who were the targets of the Brighton bombing in 1984.

    1. Mike Sivier

      They’re not all Tories.

  2. Emily

    Typical hard right Tories…putting their own self interests first before anyone else

  3. In 1968 I watched the riots on TV that kicked off The Troubles. We don’t want to go down that path again.

  4. Zippi

    My question is this: Why is it that seemingly NOT ONE person, not in the Commons, not in the £ords, raised this issue, when the Referendum Bill was being debated? Surely, this is a gross dereliction of duty on the part of all of our Parliamentarians? Why allow the Referendum to take place when there was NOTHING in place, for the event of the result which was achieved?

  5. John

    Brexit could be a great opportunity to reunite Ireland as a peaceful borderline Republic. Ironic that those so keen for the EU and UK to be borderless want perpetuate one in Ireland.

  6. NMac

    Brexiteers don’t care who or what they damage or hurt.

    1. Zippi

      That is a sweeping generalisation.

  7. Growing Flame

    Let this be a vital lesson to the people of north-eastern Ireland and , for that matter, the people of Gibraltar(98% Remain vote). Huge numbers of UK voters DON’T CARE what happens to you. They like you to be servile and loyal to the UK but are not interested in making any personal concessions that might be of use to you. In their desire to make the rest of the world just go away, they are happy to see hard borders drawn across Ireland and southern Spain and are indifferent to the disruption, and worse, that it causes.

    It reminds me of the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum when many English observers seemed so upset at losing their beloved Scotland, but, when asked about the pound Sterling, indignantly rejected the idea that it could be retained by an independent Scotland. Like a domestic abuser who claims to love his partner so much that he had to punish her severely for leaving.

    1. Mike Sivier

      Why would an independent Scotland want to tie itself to Sterling anyway? That would potentially put it in the same situation as Greece, with the Euro.

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