The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, held a joint press conference in Dublin today.
Commenting, Lord Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Boris Johnson today claimed to have an ‘abundance’ of new proposals for how to avoid a hard border in Ireland, but yet again he couldn’t name a single one.
“Meanwhile he has cut the number of people working on negotiations with the EU in the Cabinet Office down to just four, and he hasn’t even bothered to visit the Northern Ireland border as either Foreign Secretary or as Prime Minister to see for himself the problems leaving the EU will create.
“The reality is clear – Johnson has no intention of trying to get a deal. Instead he is using every trick in the book to try to force through a destructive and undemocratic No Deal which is the complete opposite of the ‘great deal’ he used to promise Britain would get.
“The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, is quite right to say that the ‘clean-break Brexit’ Johnson speaks of is a total fantasy. Crashing out of the EU with No Deal would resolve nothing, would put the UK in an extraordinarily weak negotiating position and would mean the endless Brexit crisis continuing for years and years to come.
“The only democratic way to resolve this crisis is to give the public the final say with a People’s Vote.”