Lord (David) Trimble used an interview on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning to dismiss fears about how Brexit would encourage smuggling across the Irish border..
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Not only was David Trimble wrong about basic facts – Britain has not been Ireland’s biggest export market for some years now – but his description of a smuggling boom as a result of Brexit as ‘delightful’ is a shocking misjudgement.
“In Northern Ireland, smuggling and murder were the terrible twins of the troubles. One paid to keep the other going. No responsible politician could possibly want either to flourish and Lord Trimble’s apparent belief that smuggling is in some way benign or of minimal importance is likely to make people justifiably horrified and angry.
“Northern Ireland did not vote to leave the EU in the first place and even amongst those who did vote for Brexit we can be sure there will be no one, beyond a tiny number of criminals, who did so in the hope of a smuggling boom. That is why it is now essential we have a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”