Bradshaw – The Government’s diplomatic charm offensive has already run aground

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Dublin today and held a press conference with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney. During their joint appearance, a number of significant differences emerged over the suggested length of any post-Brexit transition period, as well as solutions for the complex issue of the Northern Irish border. 

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

“The Government’s diplomatic charm offensive has already run aground, because our blundering Ministers have nothing new to say. Last night the Brexit Secretary was rebuffed by business leaders in Berlin. Today in Dublin, Boris Johnson has been slapped down for thinking the Irish border issue can be resolved quickly and easily.

“The reality is that the Government’s decision to leave the Customs Union means a border is inevitable, and that risks damaging trade, livelihoods and communities and undermining the hard won gains of the peace process. 

“If one of the costs of Brexit turns out to be a hard border in Northern Ireland, people have every right to ask whether that is too high a price to pay.”