Bradshaw – David Davis “doesn’t have a clue” about Irish border

David Davis was interviewed by Andrew Marr on BBC1 this morning and failed to give any concrete answers on the question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

Answering questions on the Irish border on the Marr show this morning, David Davis gave an excellent impression of a man who doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

He spewed out lots of words about technological solutions, but obviously had no particular technology in mind. 

He talked about an ‘excise border’ when no such thing exists: excise duties are sales taxes, they have nothing to do with borders.

He again endorsed the report from the European Parliament that called for border crossings to be registered with the authorities in advance - an approach that others have warned would lead to civil unrest.

And he pledged there would be no cameras on the border, when ministers have previously said their supposed ‘technological solutions’ would depend on cameras.

If David Davis cannot offer sensible answers to the big questions about the future of the Irish border after Brexit we are entitled to question whether it is the right direction for our country and for the Irish peace process.”