During a global pandemic and unprecedented international protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, one Tory MP decided to ask whether or not his dogs can travel to France after Brexit.
Bob Stewart – who voted to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum and previously said “I believe the decision to leave the European Union was right” – stood up in the House of Commons on Tuesday to ask Michael Gove:
Our two French-speaking dogs cross the Channel several times a year... on a pet passport.
And on their behalf, and on behalf of all other dog owners that take their labradors... on behalf of all pet owners who take their dogs abroad on a pet passport, can I ask... if there will be similar arrangements after December 31?
Without skipping a beat, Gove got up from his seat and responded:
Yes, I completely sympathise with my Honourable friend and many, many other responsible pet owners.
In my previous role as Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, we made sure that we worked on arrangements in order to ensure that travellers could take their pets abroad when they are visiting the European Union and vice versa.
Speaking in French, Gove added:
We always defend the rights of dogs.
People on social media started calling Gove out for not extending the same sentiment to certain sections of the (human) community:
@AndyGrays0n @on_a_perch Gove: "We always defend the rights of dogs."
Oh that's good, just not children, or women,… https://t.co/uV0Ja5JvWo