Batten: UK Should ‘Respond In Kind’ To ‘Threatening’ Ireland
While Theresa May scrambles from one desperate compromise to the next, Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP and Brexit Spokesperson has been taking a much tougher line. He slammed Ireland as “weak” and “subservient” to the EU and that it and that it amounted to “the weakest kid in the playground sucking up to the EU bullies”.
Mr Batten called for the British government to take decisive action if the Irish government continues to sabotage Brexit:
“We should advise, we are free to revoke common travel area.”
Ireland is currently part of the Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom, which has existed since 1923 and means travellers do not require a passport to travel between the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and channel islands.
Mr Batten’s comments certainly triggered a few leftists on social media. However, he responded that it was:
“amazing how upset some people have got because I have suggested Ireland threatening to derail [a] Brexit agreement could invoke a response.”
As Ireland holds Brexit effectively hostage it is hard not to see how a truly patriotic government would not be forced to respond with retalitory sanctions. The hard line is not just the right line, it is the only principled line that can be taken.