A report today in The Telegraph suggests that the Government’s half-baked plans for avoiding a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland have been comprehensively rejected by the EU.
Both the unprecedented ‘customs partnership’ approach and the technology-driven ‘streamlined customs arrangement’ model were described as unworkable and too expensive and complicated to implement successfully.
Commenting, Stella Creasy MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Just like David Copperfield in a Las Vegas courtroom this week, Theresa May’s magical thinking, in her case about the Northern Ireland border, has been fully exposed.
“No trickery is going to get her or her Government out of the hole they have dug for themselves in ruling out continued membership of the Customs Union and the Single Market.
“And, after a stinging defeat in the Lords earlier this week and every sign that the Commons will next week also back continued Customs Union membership, it is also clear that it is not just the European Commission who have no faith in her attempts at sleight of hand.
“More and more people are also backing the call for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal for the same reason: they know that the Government’s plans for Brexit will do enormous damage to the peace process in Northern Ireland and refuse to let a decision of such magnitude be left to 650 Parliamentarians in Westminster alone.”
Notes to editors
The full story from The Telegraph can be read here.