Joe Healy was right to say Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit plan was putting ‘lipstick on a pig’. Here’s a picture of that

Boris Johnson: Lipstick on a pig, according to the artists at The Prole Star.

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association came up with a fabulous comparison for Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit proposal.

And it has inspired artists on the social media.

Joe Healy of the IFA said Mr Johnson’s plan to install “Custom Clearance Centres” on both sides of the border was not a credible alternative to the Northern Ireland border backstop currently demanded by the EU.

But he didn’t put it like that. He said these “Custom Clearance Centres” were border posts under a different name and Mr Johnson’s plan was therefore an attempt to “put lipstick on a pig”.

“The purpose of the Backstop is to act as a fallback in the event that a future trade deal cannot address the NI Border issue to the UK and EU’s satisfaction.

“This latest proposal is an attempt to put lipstick on a pig.  A customs post is a customs post, no matter what is called or where it’s located,” he said.

“The Irish Government should reject this CCC proposal and stick with the backstop which, after all, was agreed by the EU and the UK Government in the Joint Report of December 2017, when Boris Johnston was Foreign Secretary,” he said.

Source: UK PROPOSAL IS AN ATTEMPT TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG – Irish Farmers’ AssociationIrish Farmers’ Association

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  1. trev October 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    It’s quite obvious that Boris doesn’t give a toss about Ireland, either Eire or Ulster.

  2. beastrabban October 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I remember watching one of the Scots comedians – no, not Frankie Boyle, but the one who played Confidence in the Red Dwarf episode ‘Confidence and Paranoia’ – late one night on the Beeb in the 1990s. He was musing on the saying ‘putting makeup on a pig’, and asked aloud what a pig in makeup would look like. He answered himself, ‘Like a Tory MP mebbe’. Now it seems thanks to the wonders of Photoshop and the internet, we now see what this would look like. And like Boris himself, it ain’t pretty.

    • trev October 6, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

      That’s quite prophetic! The phrase was also used in the U.S. a few years back though I can’t remember the exact context, think it was something connected with Sarah Palin, either said about her or by her.

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