This has been a long time coming – and not just to Kate Hoey.
The Brexiteer and former Labour MP has been trying to defend her support for the UK leaving the European Union in the flame-light of the burning vehicles in Northern Ireland.
Her reception has been – well, see for yourself. Here’s her tweeted assertion:
The Protocol has destabilised Northern Ireland. Placing a border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland without the consent of the pro Union community has been the trigger for this unacceptable violence. @davidfrost @BorisJohnson https://t.co/xJBtcIqVVG
— Kate Hoey (@CatharineHoey) April 7, 2021
“The Protocol” would be the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Many have pointed out what this means about Hoey’s comment:
— Femi😷 (@Femi_Sorry) April 8, 2021
Kate Hoey, who backed Brexit. had said It wouldn't cause problems in Ireland!
Didn't back Corbyn deal which would have meant no borders !
She distances herself now from the war she help reignite #Brexit https://t.co/h4QBEkFuS4
— michelle maher (@mmaher70) April 8, 2021
Yes indeed – Hoey stated in a Telegraph article that Northern Ireland had much to gain from Brexit, despite the province having voted against leaving the EU (because people there knew it would jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process):
Kate Hoey pic.twitter.com/9IuZyBzkyI
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) April 8, 2021
Her article is still available to read:
As Kate Hoey watches the scenes of rioting in Northern Ireland it's time to remind her of this piece she penned for the Telegraph in May 2016. Not for the first time has it been proved she speaks utter drivel when it comes to her beloved Brexit. https://t.co/Xf2QEinJYT
— trevorw1953 (@trevorw1953) April 8, 2021
Now people have simply connected her words then with her words now, and found that they are not persuasive:
I don’t like it when politicians are described as “evil”.
But I’m struggling to think of another word for Kate Hoey who didn’t care one jot about the consent of N Ireland when they voted to remain in EU…now trying to justify the violence she was warned her actions would cause. https://t.co/fZeFhJNnaE
— Nick🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@nicktolhurst) April 8, 2021
But Hoey should not feel that she is the only one feeling the force of Northern Ireland’s (and indeed the rest of the UK’s)… ire:
When you see Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland, Thatcher, Fish, Irish Sea, Sinn Fein, Kate Hoey, Alex Jones, George Galloway, Troubles and Project Fear are all trending on here at once. You know things ain't going to well. pic.twitter.com/uCmeQ5Ef8C
— Mark (@mabmab71) April 8, 2021
What’s the best phrase to describe this lot?
Ah, yes: They’re all in it together.
And we should remember that…
… when we seek compensation for what has happened.
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