Brexit outrage: Boris urged to hit back after Baroness Hoey exposes EU punishment plans
Brexit: Ireland 'wants to punish the UK' says Hoey
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Baroness Hoey told talkRADIO this afternoon that the Republic of Ireland government is to blame for the worsening Brexit crisis. Earlier this week, Lord David Frost urged Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal. However, this was swiftly rejected by EU leaders, prompting Baroness Hoey to fire back.
Baroness Hoey told Mike Graham that “the only way this can be put right is to get rid of the Protocol”.
She explained: “The UK Government has admitted that the criteria to meet Article 16 has been met, both societally and economically.
“That was put in there specifically if there were difficulties with the Protocol. There are now difficulties.
“But the Government wants to give the EU more opportunity to negotiate and talk about changes, rather than recognising that the EU is not going to change.”
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She continued: “It is in the EU’s interest to keep this going.
“The fact they came out so quickly and rejected Lord Frost’s requests, shows they really, really don’t care about the Northern Ireland situation.
“In the past week, we have seen the dumping of 700 new regulations that Northern Ireland will have to comply with. It is completely unsustainable.
“The EU has still not accepted that we have left and that we are not going back.
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“I think the Government has to finally say, ‘Look we are not going on with this charade’.
“They have to say ‘Actually it’s not working we are going to invoke Article 16 and we will stop any checks at the border so it’s up to Ireland and the EU to protect their internal market’.”
Mr Graham pointed out that the Irish Parliament in Dublin were “clearly not on the side of the UK on this”.
He added: “They are working behind the scenes to mess it up as much as they possibly can”.
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Baroness Hoey responded: “The Irish Government, not the people, have been seeing this as an opportunity to have a go at the UK and punish the British.
“If the Irish started to work with us, this could all be solved.”
On Wednesday, Lord Frost called for a temporary standstill to checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
He also called for the removal of the role of the European Court of Justice, increased fines for goods moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland and increased data-sharing arrangements.
The Prime Minister held calls with both Ursula von der Leyen and Angele Merkel to illustrate the issues with the protocol.
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