Theresa May today used a speech in Belfast to blame the European Commission for problems with negotiating a deal to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Commenting, Lord (Peter) Hain, former Northern Ireland Secretary and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Mrs May is today attempting to offer reassurance to the people of Northern Ireland, but the reality is that it is she who has done most to shake public confidence in progress in Northern Ireland over the last year.
“She is the one who is insisting on quitting the Customs Union and the Single Market – neither of which were on the ballot paper back in 2016. It is this intransigence that is, every day, increasing the risk of creating a hard border on the island of Ireland.
“In the last week she has caved-in to the Brextremists led by Jacob Rees-Mogg over the ‘backstop’ she agreed with the European Council last December to ensure there was no hard border, thereby making a disastrous ‘no deal’ far more likely.
“Nobody voted to put the peace process under threat. That is why more and more people are joining the demand for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”