Tory MP mocked after saying that 'alternative arrangements' for the Irish border are based on Australia

Greg Evans
Friday 23 August 2019 10:45
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The Brexiteer and current Tory MP, Suella Braverman has come under criticism after she said that Australia was a good example of a country with border arrangements that the UK could replicate at the Northern Irish border.

In an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme Braverman, who is the co-chair of Prosperity UK's 'Alternative Arrangement commission', spoke about Boris Johnson's progress with negotiations so far and remained confident that the UK would be out of the EU by October 31, deal or no deal.

The MP for Fareham and ERG member was then asked about these so-called 'alternative arrangements' which the British Irish chamber of commerce have reported that they 'completely lack credibility'. She was also told that the was no other evidence to point to where it worked.

In response she said:

Well, this is a unique situation for sure no one denies that. However, there are examples from around the world where sophisticated and workable methods at the border have been deployed.

We can look at those in the report. Brazil is one example, Dubai recently upgraded its port system and Australia is another example and other borders around the world have been relevant to the report.

No one is likely to criticise her for referencing Brazil or Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates as those are places that genuinely have borders but Australia definitely doesn't have any borders as it is an island, a very big island in fact.

Braverman wasn't questioned about citing Australia during the interview but those listening took to Twitter and were critical of her approximation that Australia was a good example of a country using its border's efficiently.

It's possible that she was referring to the Principality of the Hutt River an unrecognised micronation in Australia...

Indy100 has contacted Suella Braverman for comment.

HT Radio 4

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