Brexit Party MEP crosses Irish border to prove a point but spectacularly owns himself

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Thursday 01 August 2019 15:15
Picture:(Ben Habib/Twitter)

Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib travelled to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in an attempt to prove that there is "no way there could be a hard border".

His words attempted to dispel worries that a no-deal Brexit and the issue of the Irish backstop could lead to a hard border between the two countries.

He said: “Good afternoon everyone, I’m here at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland doing a border tour.”

The only way you can know that this is a border is because of the transition…as you can see there is a complete free flow of traffic.

The only way you can know that this is the border is by actually looking at the change in use of miles an hour to kilometres an hour.

So that is the entrance to the Republic of Ireland and down there I’ve got my little crew with me. Behind me is Northern Ireland. And my crew and are right behind me in the Republic.

There is no way this border can be closed. There is no way there could be a hard border.

The whole thing is a misnomer and a red herring.

There's just one problem: a harder border existed. Not too long ago, in fact.


According to the Irish Times, who ran an extensive investigation into the creation of the previous hard border, following the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed in December 1921, the “Irish Free State” came into being a year later and made a border between the newly created two states "an international frontier".

The last British watchtower was dismantled in 2006, decades later.

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